Zap It!

15 Aug

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

Last week I wrote about creating a video to do list for my husband. I did it in part as a joke and in part as an experiment. The joke and the experiment were a success. My husband saw the humor and I confirmed my observation that his memory is stimulated visually.

Speaking of visually, I had an A-Ha moment this week while sipping my morning coffee on the porch.

I am not a fan of bees who buzz me. I know they are necessary for pollination so I generally try to be tolerant, but tolerance has its limit. Each day it seems one particular bee has it in for me. One morning I spent claiming Dominion over the bee but the next day it returned. Something had to be done or I would have to abandon my porch time.

On our trip to Anderson, South Carolina last week, my husband bought an electronic bug zapper.

It uses batteries to power it. There is a small button you press when you swing the racket and it emits a low voltage zing that crackles and sparks if you connect with the bug.

The first time I connected with the bee it not only crackled and sparked it sparked twice. It scared me so much I almost dropped the racket!

I searched the porch floor for the bee, but couldn’t find it. I decided the swing of the racket must have propelled it off the porch. I settled back into my chair to enjoy the morning.

Before I could finish my coffee, I heard the drone of the bee again. He was back! The zapper must have only stunned it. The bee did seem to be moving slower, so the next time it drew close I swatted it again. And that was the end of the bee…until the next day.

The bug zapper and the bee seem to be a parallel to the battle for my mind and there is always a battle as the world continually bombards me with worry, fear, anger, you name it.

I am learning to reach for the greatest zapper of all time, the Word of God and His precious Holy Spirit. Yes, like the bee, the thoughts return, but as I practice daily rejecting (swatting) them, my response becomes more automatic and often I am prompted to pray God’s will over a situation and ask for blessings over those who anger or hurt me. And sometimes, I simply swat and move on.

I am not sure if the Gif below loaded and preview isn’t working. Grr….

2 Responses to “Zap It!”

  1. divoran09 August 19, 2019 at 9:50 am #

    I didn’t know what to say about this one. I’m not afraid of bees, but I HAVE eliminated a lot of Cuban Tree Frogs, with the help of our resident snake: Blackie Racer.


  2. Daniel Kemp August 15, 2019 at 2:09 pm #

    A very good analogy.


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