Sunday, 18 November 2018

M Michele's Musings

A “She-Devil” In My Car

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It is deer fly season in Louisiana.   Deer flies are mean little golden brown flies that bite extremely hard and draw blood.   They swarm, often several at a time, around your head and body looking for a place to land and bite.   When they are able to get a bite they leave a large welt, redness, itching and sometimes more severe reactions occur.  They are particularly bad right now due to the rain and dampness, which they love. 

This morning I had to fight the deer flies off but one still got in the car with me.   From this particular deer flies behavior I believe she was a female.   This belief is based upon the fact that female deer flies feed on blood and the males collect pollen.   She landed on my windshield and proceeded to sit there watching me intently or so it seemed.  Just as intently, I kept my eyes on her, all the while thinking that she was a safe little insect as long as she stayed put.   We had an unspoken agreement for about five or so minutes into my drive and then she dove at me.   I frantically shooed her away.   You must frantically shoo them away because they come at you in a flurry of whirring energy.   I won the war that time and she promptly went back to the windshield.   However, it seemed as if she were wriggling herself around trying to get in a better position for another attack.  She was staring me down fixedly.   It was almost as if I could hear her thoughts and see her plan of strategy.   I thought, “Oh, No you don’t, little sister, you’re not going to dive at me again and possibly bite me.”  I found a napkin and she quickly met her untimely demise.  Deer flies are speedy little fliers but when they land they tend to stay put.   Therefore, you have plenty of time to either swat them or capture them with a napkin making them quite easy to kill.   

This little scenario reminded me that we have an enemy of our soul.  He is always planning and lying in wait to attack us.   As the deer fly speedily flies around your head in fast little circles looking for a perfect landing spot, Satan is always looking for ways to stir up confusion and misunderstandings.   The deer fly leaves physical evidence of her bite, Satan too wants to leave lasting and destructive marks from his nasty bite upon our very souls.  He wants to irritate, dissatisfy, frustrate, discourage, maim and hurt us. Just like the deer fly, Satan is out for blood. He wants to remove all life, hope, trust, love and light from our lives. Satan is out to do his best to separate us from God, or at least, make us believe we are separated from God.   And just as deer flies are intent on their attack. flying from all directions fast and furious; Satan is even more intent on attacking us. Satan’s ultimate goal is to hurt God.   Because God loves us so and we are His prized creation, Satan comes against God by attempting to hurt God’s precious children, you and I.

As I diligently kept my eye on the dastardly deer fly and didn’t let my guard down in case of a surprise attack so God encourages us in 1st Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” We, as children of God, should always be watching and preparing. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 6:11-12, “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can make your stand against the devil’s schemes. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”  

Because of her glaring stance and obvious plans to continue to attack I had to take control and finish the situation. Napkin ready, the little she-devil met her early death in one sweeping motion with a strong and steady hand. Likewise, we must not let the enemy of our soul have control in our lives. The weapons we use against the enemy of our soul are not worldly, but spiritual weapons. The Bible goes on to tell us in Ephesians 6:13-18, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

The hand and the napkin that finally nullified the little deer fly’s plan is a picture of God’s strong hand and mighty power snuffing out the work of the enemy in our lives.   Ultimately God is the one who fights our battles. There are countless scriptures throughout the Bible that confirm that God is our defender. We must stand strong, put on His armor, rely on His keeping power and confidently pray along with the psalmist, “Plead my cause, O Lord, with those who strive with me; fight against those who fight against me. Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for my help. Also draw out the spear, and stop those who pursue me. Say to my soul, “I am your salvation.” Psalm 35:1

In the end we will be victorious because God and His glorious Son, Jesus Christ, goes before us and fights for us. He keeps and protects us in the midst of our troubles; even in the midst of all the enemy might be planning against us. “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me. The Lord will perfect that which concerns me …” Psalm 138:7   Trust God today to be your protector, defender, shield, buckler, high tower and stronghold.   He is ever faithful to keep, protect and defend because of the great love and care He has for you, His beautiful special child.    

          

Love in Christ, Michele

Copyright August 2018 ~ Michele LeDouxAbshire

Columnist: Michele's Musings

Picture Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  

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