Genesis 1:25- "And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good."
My daughters aren’t particularly fond of Oklahoma. There are a few reasons, but one of them is insects. We have them in a little more abundance than they care to deal with on a daily basis.
While I’m not fond of anything that bites, stings, or crawls on me, I can be pretty tolerant of anything in the yard, even if it is nibbling on something I’ve planted and cared for. I don’t use pesticides except on the numerous wasp nests that adorn our roof line in the early summer. If there are pests on flowers or vegetables I just try to wash them off or plant more than enough to share with the critters.
In the past couple of years I have learned to appreciate the sheer beauty of insects. Dragonflies have bright colors and comical faces. Butterflies and moths have intricate designs as well as lovely colors and shapes. Praying mantises have a certain grace and dignity about them. And while I might not care to have green flies swarming around my kitchen, there is no denying their jewel-like beauty and I’m okay with seeing a few in the yard. Every creature, after all, has a purpose in the world.
I try to keep an open mind as I wander around the yard. God saw that they were good. I try to do the same.
Watch where you step today.