by Pastor Mark Fisher
October 27, 2016
Sorry folks, northern Minnesota beats western Colorado hands down when it comes to parasites; both in quantity and variety. Besides the dreaded mosquito, there are sand flies, deer flies, horse flies, black flies, deer ticks, wood ticks, no-see-ums and other nameless creatures! Also, the lakes are blood sucker (leech) hatcheries. And they have one thing in common; they all want your blood to keep their species from becoming extinct. As far as I know there are no "save the parasites" action groups, so they must be holding their own. Enough bragging...
One summer had been especially hot and dry, which meant far less mosquitoes; but it also promised far more ticks. (The parasites will get you one way or another). My U.S. Forest Service job had me out every day in the woods which involved periodic tick checks; both day and night. (By the way, if you’ve never experienced ticks you’ve been missing out. There is nothing like waking up at 2:00 am because you feel a tick crawling on you and spending the rest of the night feeling for imaginary ticks). This one specific job had two of us walking down an old Railroad grade a half mile in and back. Never in all my time in those north woods did I ever experience such an abundance of wood ticks. It was disgusting!
That reminds me… have you ever felt that things of this world are like parasites, which can suck the life out of you? I have! Jesus promised, “and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free,” John 8:32. Free from those things which suck the life out of you. Jesus also said, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly,” John 10:10. You see, Jesus didn’t come to take life but to give life to the believer in Him. He came to free us from the sin (parasites) of this world.
That one mile walk was repulsive! Between the two of us, we picked off roughly 180 wood ticks. I hope this causes you to be thankful that you are living in the dry non-supporting parasite climate of western Colorado. But even more, I hope that you are free from the worst parasite of all. Only Jesus Christ can save us from our sin!