I am really, really very creeped out by insects. In the Sheri Langley world, by insects I include just about everything inside of the animal kingdom but puppies. I do know my science; so, don’t get all “sciency” on me about the classification of insects. Here’s the way I see it — if the Museum of Natural History in DC can create, show and narrate (in a British accent no less) a film that says we were once a bug, then a rat, and then a monkey and all such nonsense… then I feel like that gives me the freedom to call anything I want an insect. The point here is almost every little critter is gross to me. I’m talking worms, and things of this sort, are the worst. I can barely look at the slimy creatures, let alone touch. Yes, I am a very picky meat eater- almost a vegetarian. At McDonalds I would want about a 64th of a quarter pounder- extra well done.
I know people are very serious about their pets. I am not here to make you mad and argue with you the virtues of your pet — I’m sure your snake, turtle and hamsters are dear to you, and I’m happy that makes you happy. That is your right as a fellow human being created in the image of God. It is also my right to not like anything but puppies up close. I do enjoy going to the zoo and watching nature shows of wild animals. I just don’t want to ever be close enough to feel their breath or touch their skin.
My number one favorite business in our town is E-town Exterminators. If by some bizarre ‘walking dead virus reason’ we had to eliminate some businesses in town, I would picket with signs and a megaphone to keep E-town Exterminators. They do the most important work in my world — they keep me and my home insect and critter free – and for that I am able to live sanely in a creepy, crawly, crazy world. Thank you my dear friends! I’m so grateful.
A wonderful evangelist and longtime friend of the Langley family is Bill Glass. He is best known for his prison crusades. He has a sermon called, “Just One More Night With the Frogs.” It is based on the plagues God sent on Egypt because Pharaoh would not release the Children of Israel. All the plagues were horrible to say the least. The first one was the water turned to blood (this is horror show type stuff). If I’d been in charge I would have packed those children up myself and said, “You must go now and don’t come back.”
The second plague was frogs! Frogs, as it happens, are very high on my top ten hated things. Frogs everywhere, please take a moment to imagine this. I’m feeling a bit pale and queasy as I write but I’m pushing through to get to the point here since I’ve started this story. I will give the run down on all the plagues and get back to the frogs. The order was: water to blood, frogs, lice, flies, diseases in the livestock, boils, hail, locust, darkness and the death of the first born son. Seriously, can you even imagine? I would have already found my way to the top of a mountain passed out after the first frog hit the pavement!
I am including the text here from Exodus because it needs no elaboration on my part, just read….Exodus 8 New Living Translation (NLT) A Plague of Frogs
“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go back to Pharaoh and announce to him, ‘this is what the Lord says: Let my people go, so they can worship me. If you refuse to let them go, I will send a plague of frogs across your entire land. The Nile River will swarm with frogs. They will come up out of the river and into your palace, even into your bedroom and onto your bed! They will enter the houses of your officials and your people. They will even jump into your ovens and your kneading bowls. Frogs will jump on you, your people, and all your officials.’” Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Raise the staff in your hand over all the rivers, canals, and ponds of Egypt, and bring up frogs over all the land.’”
So Aaron raised his hand over the waters of Egypt, and frogs came up and covered the whole land…. Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and begged, “Plead with the Lord to take the frogs away from me and my people. I will let your people go, so they can offer sacrifices to the Lord.” “You set the time!” Moses replied. “Tell me when you want me to pray for you, your officials, and your people. Then you and your houses will be rid of the frogs. They will remain only in the Nile River.” “Do it tomorrow,” Pharaoh said.
“All right,” Moses replied, “it will be as you have said. Then you will know that there is no one like the Lord our God. The frogs will leave you and your houses, your officials, and your people. They will remain only in the Nile River.” So Moses and Aaron left Pharaoh’s palace, and Moses cried out to the Lord about the frogs he had inflicted on Pharaoh. And the Lord did just what Moses had predicted. The frogs in the houses, the courtyards, and the fields all died. The Egyptians piled them into great heaps, and a terrible stench filled the land. But when Pharaoh saw that relief had come, he became stubborn. He refused to listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had predicted.
If you were a Baptist church kid from the Bible belt in the late 80’s and 90’s you would start singing the Pharaoh song along with the hand motions right now. I hope you read every word of this passage. Pharaoh relented and said, “Please call off the frogs,” but he didn’t ask for it immediately! It seems insane that Pharaoh struck the bargain that he did. It was his choice as to when the frogs stopped! Moses said, “You set the time!” Astounding! He said “call off the frogs — tomorrow!” Tomorrow? What in the world? Pharaoh literally asked for one more night with the frogs!
I find that unimaginable, but the truth is we do this all the time with our sin. We say to God, “tomorrow, tomorrow I will give you my life and ask you to set me free. Not today but tomorrow. I need just one more night with the frogs.” Why do we delay in turning away from the gross disgusting sin we have been wallowing around in. We look up from our filth and say, “God, I want you to rescue me and take me from this sin … but not yet! I’d love just one more night in this horror movie please!” Sounds ridiculous but we actually do this. Stop the madness today! Ask Jesus to set you free from your sin. Now is the time of salvation!
Don’t spend one more night with the frogs. Jesus came to set you free.
I had to add this little guy because the real picture above overwhelmed me. I have to go lie down after that first picture.