Fly on the Wall

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Now that fall is just around the cor­ner, the flies have been gather­ing at ev­ery door and win­dow they can pos­si­bly find in or­der to sneak into the warmth and pro­tec­tion of the in­doors. If there is one thing I can’t stand it is flies in the house. I don’t imag­ine they are as bad in town as they are in the coun­try but I think they live any­where they can find some­thing to eat or sit upon. Flies carry germs and dis­ease. They can also cause sig­nif­i­cant dam­age in agri­cul­tural crops as well as bother cat­tle and horses; caus­ing wounds and spread­ing dis­ease. An­dree Seu Peter­son sug­gests that “birds and planes are air­borne on wings shaped in such a way as to cre­ate lower pres­sure above the wings to cre­ate grace­ful lift. (How­ever,) not so with flies: Their wings are con­stantly flap­ping, 200 times a sec­ond, at­tached to their bod­ies in such a way as to cre­ate a cease­less buzzing.” My dad is the best “fly swat­ter” around. For as long as I can re­mem­ber, he would grab the swat­ter and finish off a few while he waited for the meal to be served. I don’t ever re­mem­ber flies tak­ing over the kitchen when I was grow­ing up but since then, I’ve seen that the lack of a “fly swat­ter” in my house has proved to pro­vide a safe haven for those pesky lit­tle pests. Maybe I need to give some in­cen­tive to those who like to eat at my ta­ble to pick up the wiry lit­tle weapon and help out the cook. Far be it to me to ap­pre­ci­ate a fly but ap­par­ently, flies are used for some good. Ac­cord­ing to Wikipedia, “fly lar­vae can be used as a bio­med­i­cal tool for wound care and treat­ment. Mag­got de­bride­ment ther­apy (MDT) is the use of blow fly lar­vae to re­move the dead tis­sue from wounds, most com­monly be­ing am­pu­ta­tions. ...Re­mov­ing the dead tis­sue pro­motes cell growth and healthy wound heal­ing.” Some species of mag­gots are also bred com­mer­cially to be sold as angling bait as well as food for cer­tain mam­mals, fish, rep­tiles and birds. There is also a type of tra­di­tional Sar­dinian sheep milk cheese that con­tains larva from the cheese fly (known as cheese skippers) that helps to soften the cheese and change the aroma as the cheese ma­tures. I just can’t imag­ine eat­ing that type of cheese. In­ter­est­ing to note, the devil is re­ferred to in the Word of God as Beelze­bub or “lord of the flies.” I think this ti­tle is very fit­ting. Flies are dis­gust­ing, full of germs and dis­ease, pesky, tor­ment­ing and over­all dirty. The devil fits this de­scrip­tion well. Although he poses as an an­gel of light, ev­ery­thing about him is dis­gust­ing. He is full of death and dis­ease, tor­ment­ing any who will al­low him to and is over­all a dirty and de­cep­tive force that doesn’t stop pes­ter­ing if he isn’t stopped. The good news is that, just as it doesn’t take much to kill a fly, it re­ally doesn’t take much to rid our lives of the devil and his work. The Word of God says to “re­sist the devil and he will flee.” As we put on the full ar­mor of God (Eph­e­sians 6:10-18), we will be armed and dan­ger­ous to the en­emy. We are promised vic­tory as we first sub­mit to God and then re­sist the devil through faith and per­se­ver­ance. Stand strong be­cause we al­ways come out the other side; we are over­com­ers, vic­to­ri­ous ones! Scrip­ture ref­er­ences: James 4:7

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