07 July 2017

This 'n' That

During the warmer months, I like to go for a walk in the evening. Nothing strenuous, just a peaceful walk around the neighborhood after being cooped up in an office all day. Last night, though, required a bit of maneuvering. It had rained most of the day and was still sprinkling when I stepped outside. With the sky still bright, however, and the sun striving to peek through, it was only a few minutes before the sprinkles ceased and the evening's walk could commence.

The humidity was a bit unpleasant (I always get "Texas hair" in the humidity [no offense intended toward my Texas friends]), but still, there are few things more enjoyable than enjoying the fresh air an evening stroll affords you...except when that stroll is interrupted by bugs. Lots of bugs. Not mosquitos necessarily (I've surrendered to all mosquitos; avoiding or repelling them is hopeless. My flesh is yours to dine upon), these were simply ambiguous flying bugs. Too large to be called gnats, they nevertheless swarmed and dive-bombed, essentially eliminating any sort of relaxation or pleasure one could gain from the evening. And so it was a brief walk last night. A brief, buggy walk.

To be clear, I'm not actually complaining, but am simply describing the circumstances. Seeing all those insects, though, and being attacked by them, caused me to think of can instance that involved a great deal more swarming flies:
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the earth, that it may become gnats through all the land of Egypt.’” They did so; and Aaron stretched out his hand with his staff, and struck the dust of the earth, and there were gnats on man and beast. All the dust of the earth became gnats through all the land of Egypt. The magicians tried with their secret arts to bring forth gnats, but they could not; so there were gnats on man and beast. Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” But Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he did not listen to them, as the LORD had said. 
Now the LORD said to Moses, “Rise early in the morning and present yourself before Pharaoh, as he comes out to the water, and say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Let My people go, that they may serve Me. For if you do not let My people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies on you and on your servants and on your people and into your houses; and the houses of the Egyptians will be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground on which they dwell. But on that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, where My people are living, so that no swarms of flies will be there, in order that you may know that I, the LORD, am in the midst of the land. I will put a division between My people and your people. Tomorrow this sign will occur.'” Then the LORD did so. And there came great swarms of flies into the house of Pharaoh and the houses of his servants and the land was laid waste because of the swarms of flies in all the land of Egypt.
(Exodus 8:16-24) 
Can you even imagine? Then, consider a future time, when far larger creatures will do more than simply swarm when the fifth trumpet is sounded during the period of the Tribulation, as described in Revelation 9:1-12.

Do you see now why I wasn't actually complaining about last night's bugs? I think I'll take my rainy day flies to these plagues rendered upon mankind as judgment from a holy, just, and omnipotent God! It is so magnificent to consider and ponder, though, that this same God is also a merciful and gracious God. He is long-suffering toward us ,who are great sinners, and His mercies are new each morning. Yes, He judges and does so rightly and righteously, but for those who call upon the name of Christ, He freely grants forgiveness of sin and the promise of eternal life. He indeed is worthy of our praise!

Okay, swat that fly off of your iPad, because it is time for your week in review (kind of):
  • Well, I know where I'm doing all of my Christmas shopping! (If you're new here, that was sarcasm).
  • Don't miss this astronomical events this month! Turns out, when I ran outside in the wee hours of July 5, that huge, bright star I noticed was actually Venus!
  • Why is ancient Roman concrete still standing?
  • This is creepy and gross...and creepy.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Interesting thoughts on transgenderism from a pediatrician who has seen the detrimental effects.
  • The god of the prosperity gospel is not the God of the Bible (thanks to Michelle Lesley for finding this one!).
  • I carelessly forgot to credit yesterday's post (thanks to Paula for catching it!), so if you read it early and had any illusions that it was my original work, it wasn't
  • I found much of this article to be interesting and insightful; however, I heartily disagree with pointing women toward Bible study materials written by Beth Moore, among others mentioned in the post.
  • How long has it been since you washed your bath towel? Your bed sheets? Read these and consider that. You're welcome.
  • Ever hear someone say, "You just need to forgive yourself"?
  • The patriarchs had an enduring faith:

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