Love Bugs Ain’t So Lovely

Love bugs! Is there anything good about love bugs? NO! Who needs them! They come out twice a year with their suicidal mating tendencies and drive everyone crazy! I remember when we first moved to Florida, I walked out the door to the side of my house to check on something; and there were these black specks floating in the air–thousands of them drifting up and down lazily as if by magic. When I looked closer, I believe the word that escaped my mouth was “Ew!”

Love bugs. They hatch, they grow, they mate, they lay eggs, then they die.

These stupid invasive insects arrived in the state of Florida in the late 1940’s and have done nothing but disgust people and destroy the paint on every car they come in contact with. They must serve a purpose, but when I read up on them, I couldn’t really see anything useful about the little bugs. Even insectivores don’t like them that much.

It seems that their one purpose in life is to procreate. That’s it. I guess that’s called instinct. I got to thinking about that. It seems like every living creature on this planet has undeniable instinct that drives it to do certain things to the exclusion of all else. That is, all but one: humans.

Before you get your knickers in a twist, hear me out. We also have instincts. What I’m saying is that we have the God-given ability of choice. I don’t think that love bugs have a choice in their short lifespan of about five-to-seven days. “Let’s see, do I copulate or go for ice cream? What to do…”

We have choices. We can choose to do that which is right and good. Or, we can choose to do that which is wrong and bad. And don’t say “define bad.” If you have to ask that question, you already know the answer.

You shall do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, that it may be well with you and that you may go in and possess the good land which the Lord swore to give your fathers

Deuteronomy 6:18 (NASB)

Be careful to listen to all these words which I command you, so that it may be well with you and your sons after you forever, for you will be doing what is good and right in the sight of the Lord your God.

Deuteronomy 12:28 (NASB)

So, what am I getting at? Well, creation is doing what it is programmed to do no matter what–committed to the task–all in so to speak. Creation is on a path that it will not and cannot veer from, even if it doesn’t feel like doing what it has to do.

As Christians, we should be committed to the tasks God has given us: love Him and love people, read and memorize His word, share the gospel, trust His plan for our lives, gather together as fellow believers, minister to others. These are just a few things that he has commanded us to do, but they’re a good start.

Are you all in? It isn’t easy, but it is fulfilling, and it’s a daily walk where you have to go to Jesus every day and submit to Him. The rewards may not be earthly, but they are there, nevertheless, and are and will be worth whatever God asks you to do. May you be all in during your walk through this life. In the meantime, God bless and keep you all.

By bloggingrobin

I'm a published writer and blogger, married to my pastor husband for many years. We have two beautiful daughters and are living in the beautiful state of Florida for nearly twenty years, and, although it is home, I miss Tennessee!


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