Do you have a fear of bugs?
Many of us do, and I don’t mind admitting that I’m one of them.
Finding a bug in the house instills terror in me. I’m convinced the bug is out to get me, lying in wait to murder me.
I’m tempted to have armed police arrive at my door to deal with the “intruder.” It takes all the self-control I can muster to refrain from dialling 911.
People tell me I’m being irrational. After all, humans are thousands of times bigger than bugs. Insects are probably more afraid of us than we are of them, right?
But I don’t see it that way, so I’m afraid to confront them.
I’ve fallen into the trap of letting my fear get out of proportion to the problem.
Many of us make this mistake. We let fear get the better of us, and it hobbles our responses to life’s challenges.
In ancient times, the children of Israel were no exception.
If you’re out for a walk in nature, you may not realize how much you’re being tricked.
You may think you’ve got an accurate picture of the natural world around you, but in many cases, you’re being fooled.
That’s because some creatures are masters of deception.
Stick insects camouflage themselves by mimicking the shape and colour of twigs on a tree. Moths may blend in so well with the bark pattern of the tree they’re resting on that you’d never know they’re there.
The killdeer bird fakes having a broken wing to make a predator think she will be an easy meal, thereby luring it away from the vulnerable chicks in her nest. Then she suddenly flies away, to the surprise of the predator.
Even beautiful butterflies get in on the act of trickery. Some species have markings on their wings that look like huge eyes. The eyespots may discourage a predator from attacking by making it think the insect is in fact a much larger animal.
These false eyes may serve another purpose: to encourage an attacker to aim for the wrong target. The markings deflect an attack away from the butterfly’s head or body to parts less vital for survival, such as its wing margins. By using this deception, the butterfly outwits its enemies and is able to fly away with a torn wing at worst, but otherwise relatively unscathed.
Butterflies aren’t the only creatures to use misdirection in this way:
Satan does, too, and we need to be wise to his tactics. We may not realize how much he’s tricking us.