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Garden Visitors

But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you.  Job 12:7 NIV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.Stand back! What is that?

Growing vegetables and flowers in the garden has always been a favorite pastime for my family. From marigolds to crabapple trees, each season provides opportunities to learn about God’s creation. Brightly colored butterflies and fast-moving hummingbirds enjoy nectar from the pink impatiens plants. Bluebirds look for extra grass to build a nest. The garden fills with busy activities from God’s creatures.

One day, as I made my usual rounds in the yard, I noticed something interesting. The garden was still moist from the previous day’s rain. Purple plumbago bushes hung heavily with water droplets. Pink petunias reached for the sunshine.

When I checked to see if the tomato plants in the backyard needed any water, I found an odd-looking creature in the flower bed. I quickly snapped a photo. The large bug never moved.

I typed South Carolina bugs in the search bar of the computer and found the answer. The bug was an Eastern Hercules Beetle. Reading the description gave me comfort when I learned that the bugs don’t bite. The best way to deal with it was to leave it alone since it had sharp pointers on the front of its head.

In my years of vegetable and flower gardening, this was a discovery, and it reminded me that God loves all His creations. Whether human, bug, hummingbird, dog, cat, bluebird, or other creatures, God loves us all.

What comfort to know God created us. Each of us is equipped with unique gifts and talents. The bugs are special too. I wonder if that bug was looking at me and wondering what might happen. I left the bug there in the flower bed.

What lessons have you learned from nature?

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Melissa Henderson

Award winning author Melissa Henderson writes inspirational messages, sometimes laced with a bit of humor. With stories in books, magazines, devotionals, and more, Melissa hopes to encourage readers. Melissa is the author of Licky the Lizard. Her passions are helping in the community and at church. Melissa is an elder, deacon, and Stephen Minister. Follow Melissa on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and at http://www.melissaghenderson.com.