The Parasite

The Parasite

We’ve all heard of parasites.  We’ve seen them on plants, perhaps even on our pets, and surely we’ve all had at least a mosquito bite.  But do we really think about them?

This is on my mind because of, once again, a butterfly.  Or a potential butterfly anyway.  Our grown-up caterpillar had spun a nice pad of silk, attached his tail to it, hung head downward, and waited.  The next day, I glanced in to see his skin splitting, and was delighted to think that I was able to actually watch the change.  But no!  Instead of the skin shrinking up and revealing a green blob with gold trim, something else happened.  A little string of mucus emerged, swinging wildly, and a tiny blob dropped from it.  As I watched in disbelief, the blob began to skitter briskly around the inside of the jar.  The caterpillar, so perfectly healthy the day before, was shriveled and faded–obviously dead. 

Reading this, you can’t begin to comprehend the horror I felt at the sight.  This was a tiny, almost invisible creature–it was completely clear except for three black dots, and so tiny that if I hadn’t seen it fall, I would never have found it.  And yet, it brought back memories of a horrible movie I saw many years ago.  The film was called Alien, and it involved a creature who imbedded itself into people without any outward sign, then after a time (much larger now) it burst out through their skin to find a new victim.  That was exactly how this looked, though of course on a much smaller scale.  It was indescribably horrific!

My point in telling all this disgusting stuff?  The whole scene made me think of sin.  Sin is a parasite.  It lodges inside you, sometimes with immediate obvious results, but often with no observable signs at all.  The parasitic wasp that indwelt our monarch couldn’t be seen.  It simply grew along with the caterpillar until the crucial moment of transformation, and then, since the host was no longer useful, it killed it in order to emerge, now larger and stronger. 

Might it be possible to harbor a sin in your life–perhaps only a tiny one, that no one else could see–and at the very brink of your transformation into glory, find it to be your destruction?  Is your parasitic secret sin just biding its time, waiting to destroy you?

Do you hear the scary music?  

Sorry to be so negative, but it’s real.  And it’s worth considering.


About dayuntoday

I'm a wonderer. I spend a lot of time mulling, pondering, and cogitating. This is just a place to park some of those thoughts.
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5 Responses to The Parasite

  1. I did a study on the effects of secret sin in our life from Joshua 6 & 7 one time. In that passage Aichan believes that his sin will be secret. However, before it’s all done it cost his whole family their life and the rest of the nation humiliation in battle. Sobering, eh? Hidden sin? Hardly!!

  2. samcgarber says:

    “But if you don’t do what you say, you will be sinning against Yahweh; you can be sure that your sin will track you down. (Numbers 32:23)
    And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” And when Jesus finished these sayings, [he made a brief disclaimer in which he apologized for his negativity then he boarded his private jet to retire for the rest of the week on the isles of Cayman.]  
    (Matthew 7:26-28)
    Thanks for another example of natural law paralleling Spiritual truth. Apart from that it was a little gross and negative, (]: )]]]]

  3. homefire says:

    Yeah, right, Sam.  First poke fun at my disclaimer, then chew me out for being gross and negative. 
    Luk 8:17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.

  4. living4more says:

    for the record, i would love the articles. 🙂

  5. Anonymous says:

    Wow, I love this post, and I laughed at Sam’s comments… I do not think I have ever witnessed this sort of thing happening to a butterfly, but you described so well that I have a mental image in my mind of it! ; ) (your good!)I can’t wait to read another one of your posts on “butterflies” (in retaliation of Christians comment)~In Christ, and for the revealing of the truth within God’s word,Lael

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