I’ve never pretended to have any great love affair with mosquitoes. Nasty, horrible, vile, blood-sucking fiends! However, I recently read an article that explained how some scientists are purposely trying to cause their extinction. That got me thinking…
Is it REALLY a good idea to eradicate an entire species on purpose? I mean… no matter how you think the earth got here or how long it took they have been here longer than we have. Do we REALLY understand what role they play in our ecosystem? How can we truly project the effect their extinction would have?
I truly believe that everything in our universe serves some purpose. So what good could possibly come from these most annoying of pests? Well… I can think of 3 important lessons we can learn from mosquitoes.
Humans are NOT the masters of the universe.
We’re not even the top of the food chain. Oh, sure. We’ve domesticated animals, harnessed the power of fire and decoded the genome but, when you get right down to it, we’re just mosquito food.
It’s not even some impressive, massively large, muscle-covered, highly intelligent beast that eats us. It’s a fragile, whining little tormentor.
Perhaps mosquitoes are here to keep us humble. Perhaps they are a reminder that we are a part of creation, designed to have a role and live in harmony with our world. We ought not be overly supercilious in our assumptions of our own grandeur.
The small things matter.
A famous African proverb tells us, “If you think you are too small to make a difference you haven’t spent the night with a mosquito.
You were equipped with every good gift you need to serve the vital role for which you and you alone were created. Mosquitoes are tiny and fragile. The world is vast and brutal. Yet mosquitoes have thrived here very nearly since the beginning of life, serving their role with great success. Don’t ever let anyone make you feel unimportant!
Results aren’t always immediately obvious.
Have you ever sat around a campfire, perfectly happy and content and comfortable and then had a lovely nights sleep and awoken in the morning to find that you are absolutely covered in miserably itchy bug bites?
Sometimes we undertake an action and the results are instantaneous. We know immediately if we’ve been successful. Other times the fruit of our effort takes a little (or a lot) longer to appear.
The mosquito reminds us that just because you don’t see success right away, doesn’t mean it isn’t on the way. The mosquito doesn’t waste time worrying about whether or not she (I’ve heard only the females bite) did a good job of driving you half insane. She just lives her life to the best of her ability and trusts in her natural-born skill to leave you writhing in itchy agony. (I’m pretty sure the whole hunger/instinct for survival thing is secondary to the instinct for inflicting misery when it comes to mosquitoes.)
Isn’t nature extraordinary? Isn’t it truly awe-inspiring that we can learn lessons from even the lowliest of creatures? Isn’t the complex design of the universe astonishing? Even the most hated of creatures teaches us the most wonderful of lessons!
But, yeah. I’ll probably still swat at them, too.
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