Wednesday, 04 August 2021

M Michele's Musings

The Unexpected Critter Impending Disaster Diverted

Recently, while driving to work on a beautiful morning, I turned on the interstate edging my way into the heavy morning traffic. As I turned east the sun glared brightly into my eyes, I hurriedly put down the visor and continued my drive. A short time later while nonchalantly talking with my husband on the phone I saw a huge wood roach crawling on my visor. I immediately felt alarmand fear rising in my heart;the critter was practically in my face, much too close for comfort. Tim heard the panic in my voice as I told him that I had to get out of traffic because I feared an impending wreck if the offending creature attempted to make a move toward me.

We quickly hung up as I searched for a place to pull over. After going over a bridge, I quickly pulled out of traffic onto the shoulder of the interstate. Now the roach was practically eye to eye with me having crawled to the front side of the visor. Trying to keep one eye on him while frantically searching for something to kill him with, I found a thick wad of napkins. I took a deep breath and admonished myself to be quick and decisive. I took the napkins and attempted to hit him hard and square. In complete dismay, despite my inner lecture, I panicked in the middle of my attack, screamed and drew back. Because of my qualms I did not have him firmly in the napkins grasp and he fell from the visor. As he fell,I screamed to the top of my lungs and jumped up as best I could onto my tip toes, off my seat with my thighs firmly pinned against the steering wheel and nowhere else to go. Meanwhile theseemingly lifeless body had landed squarely on my car seat. Continuing to scream I took the napkins and pushed the roach onto the floorboard. I looked down into the inky darkness but was unable to see the feared intruder so I didn’t know ifthere was any trace of life left in his small body. Thankfully though, the worst of the panic was over and as I calmed down, I realized I was still on my tip toes, my foot was off the brake and I was slowly rolling down the shoulder of the interstate. I quickly sat down, put on the brake and instantaneously began to laugh a slightly hysterical laugh of complete giddy relief before I ventured back onto the interstate. I drove the rest of the way to work, gingerly placing my feet on the floorboard, while praying that the roach was indeed dead or at least completely incapacitated until I could get him out of my car.

I have already been in one wreck, also on my way to work,when a stink bug flew on me while I was stopped at a red light. In a panic, I popped the clutch in my tiny blue Chevy Vega flying into the back bumper of a fancy gold Cadillac. That was pre-seatbelt-lawdays and I was thrown forward into the steering wheel, hit the windshield and cracked it. We pulled over out of traffic. The Cadillac was driven by a kind elderly gentleman. He asked if I was all right. Still in a daze and very upset, all I could say was, “a bug, a bug, a bug” while I flapped my hands back and forth nervously for emphasis. I could tell he was a bit disconcerted and he asked if the crack in the windshield was there before. Again, I found myself flapping my hands back and forth while repeating the same words, “a bug, a bug, a bug.” Now he was taking noticeable steps back from me saying, “Well, my car looks just fine and if you don’t think there is damage to yours.then…” To which I interrupted with the same gush of words, “a bug, a bug, a bug” along with the same hand flapping as before. I know the man thought I was crazy, I could see it in his eyes and body language;with a kind platitude he was gonewithout further ado. Though I searched, I never even found the darn bug that caused the whole incident.Based on past experience, I feel sure that if the roach had flown at me while driving on this recent day, given the different set of circumstances and beinga more feared insect, had there been a wreck, it would have been far worse than my first experience.

Threaded through the recent“almost-catastrophe” are parallels with life and little lessons we can learn. We are all on a journey in life, headed somewhere. The journey is filled with stops, detours, twists, turns, difficulties and unexpected occurrences. We never really know what tomorrow holds. In every difficult situation we face there will be choices to make that will ultimately determine an outcome and hopefully a favorable end to each story. Theunexpected intrusion of the roachappearing in my car initially ignited fear in my heart. Satan desires to spark this emotion in all of us because it is an emotion that paralyzes, stifles faith and causes one to react in negative ways. As Satan probably had a devilish plan in mind that day, in which he wanted to initiate tragedy for me and those around me on the road, even more so, his sole purpose in life is to kill, steal and destroy everything and everyone he can. He looks for opportunities; he doesn’t care how he does it or who he hurts in the process. He will come at you smack dab in the middle of your journey, when you least expect it, when you are unaware of his presence at all.

When we are face to face with fear or Satan’s workings in our lives, we must weigh the consequences and try to make good choices. I chose to pull off the road and deal with the roach even though I am deathly afraid of the ugly bugs. Though I know it is silly, when faced with a roach, I am afraid andI feel like the children of Israel felt when they said, “and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.” Numbers13:33b However, in this recent situation, it was absolutely essential that I dealt with my fear or there could have been a real potential for disaster. Just as I pulled out of traffic and stopped on the side of the road, we must also sometimes remove ourselves from the business of everyday life, find a quiet place and talk to God about the situations we find ourselves in. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalms 46:1 Though we stand face to face with the enemy of our soul, God will undergird us with His faith, give us the courage to stand, give us the answers we need and He will even fight our battles when we choose to trust Him. “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14 “For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” Deuteronomy 20:4 “Do not be afraid of them; the LORD your God himself will fight for you.” Deuteronomy 3:22

I give God praise for the fact that I was aware of the roaches presence and that there was time to get off the road in order to handle the situation. That was God’s grace, mercy and love working for me and for all the other travelers in my path. It reminds me of His promises that He goes before, with and behind; He always surrounds us in his protection and care, “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8 “for the LORD will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard.” Isaiah 52:12b And, though our journey is rough at times, He is always faithful. He loves, shields and causes us to be overcomers in every situation that occurs on the road of life. We serve a God who is bigger than fears, lies, tricks or evil tactics formed against us. God always has a plan no matter what the enemy of our soul throws our way. We can be assured that God holds all of our tomorrows in His capable, caring and loving hands. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”Jeremiah 29:11

Love in Christ, Michele
Copyright December2019 ~ Michele LeDoux Abshire

Columnist: Michele Abshire


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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