We were going across the veldt when we saw the wasp pulling his prey. We got out of the safari vehicle to take a closer look. The deadly wasp was dragging a tarantula to his hole. He had been paralyzed by a sting from the wasp.
You could tell he was still alive because some of his legs were moving slowly. The spider had to be five times heavier than the determined little wasp. He could tug the hulk of a body across the rocks as he headed to his hole.
He was to be food for the future wasp offspring’s. The larva would feast on the carcass during their growth period.
The wasp noticed us and let go of the spider while he flew around attempting to scare us away. At the same time he was inspecting his hole where the spider would be placed for keeping.
I thought of the many ways Satan can paralyze us. He can get us so busy with so many things that we become paralyzed by the massive list of things to do. Unable to focus on one we shy away because of the large number of things coming at us.
This is the principle used by lion trainers when they use a chair. The animal is not capable of focusing on more than one leg at a time. He tries to get all four when he swats his large paw. No focus and he hits none of them.
How many things does Satan have you focused on? Are you overwhelmed with things to do?
35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.m 36 Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”
38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”n
Take some solitary time just like Jesus and sort your priorities. Do you know why you are here? Then decide what you can say no to. We are praying for you.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
(1) The Holy Bible: New International Version. Electronic ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. Mark 1:35-38
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m See Lk 3:21
n Isa 61:1
 The New International Version. (2011). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.