Trapping the Right Enemy
The ugly fly swatter and the hanging fly tape is now gone from my kitchen. I found a prettier way to trap those pesky insects.
The clue that summer is winding down is when I’m inundated with flies here in the country where there are as many horses as people. However, when people enter in through my back door, I no longer have to whisk them in real fast so the enemy can’t get in. The kids helped me solve my problem a new way; they bought me a pretty plant.
The Venus Fly Trap will trap any bug that wanders into its clutches.
Here’s How it Works
The plant has little hairs around the perimeter of its mouth that snap shut when it’s stimulated by some insect nearby. It’s not fussy about its menu; it will trap a bee, wasp, fly or beetle. The plant’s fluid dissolves and digests the captured insects. We’ve been watering it with distilled water or rainwater devoid of minerals to harm it.
I have not seen an annoying fly in my home…anywhere. This pleasant plant trap works!
The Bad Trap
There is a trap, however, that I want to stay far away from, the trap of offense.
Jesus said in Luke 17:1: “It is impossible that offenses will not come, but woe unto the one through whom they come!” Like me, you’ve probably learned that when Jesus says “woe” you need to be alert!
The word “offend” comes from a Greek word, Skandalon. It means “trap to which bait is attached.” As in the enemy of our souls trying to bait us with offense so that we’ll fall into his traps where he can swallow us up and steal our victory.
…And then we look and feel miserable…because we’re offended and hurt.
Jesus tells us that offenses will come, but we can be victorious so that we are not devoured by the enemy’s trap.
It’s funny how you write a message like this and umpteen offenses come out of nowhere to trap you. I don’t want to bite that apple, become bitter and friendless and too unhappy to be around. Plus it doesn’t make a woman look pretty or a man look handsome when they're offended.
That’s your beauty tip today from Pile of Smiles.