Weird Beetles and Balaam’s Donkey (Dog)

 

SavedbyaDonkeyLG.ashxWeird things have been happening around our house lately!  First there was A Smelly Situation. Then there was The Fire Ant Dance and now weird beetles and Balaam’s donkey (dog).

Killer Bees!  This evening I went out to take my dogs for a walk, and was quite alarmed when I noticed swarms flying all over our backyard of what I thought were Bumble Bees.  I had never heard of bumblebees swarming, but I admit I was a little anxious on our walk. 

Balaam’s Dog - Then, something else happened – my little dog Cubby – who LOVES to walk – put his brakes on and would go no further.  I carried him for a little way thinking he would change his mind, but he did not.  He did take a few begrudging steps, but that was it.  FINALLY when we turned around towards home he happily trotted on his on?… Huh???  All the while I was thinking of the situation in the Bible with Balaam’s donkey…  See verses below if you don’t know the story.

Cubby didn’t talk to me like Balaam’s donkey did to him, but he almost did by the way he acted.  So – I figured I had better listen….

A warning – When I arrived home and warned my husband not to go outside or he might be attacked by killer bumble bees — he informed me they were not bees, but Japanese Beetles swarming — OOOOOOH!  (Insert embarrassment here)…. LOL!  Whew! 

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Japanese Beetle

Have you ever had a “Balaam situation” like this?  I’d love to hear about it!

Numbers 22:21-31

21 Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the Moabite officials. 22 But God was very angry when he went, and the angel of the Lord stood in the road to oppose him. Balaam was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him. 23 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand, it turned off the road into a field. Balaam beat it to get it back on the road.

24 Then the angel of the Lord stood in a narrow path through the vineyards, with walls on both sides. 25 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, it pressed close to the wall, crushing Balaam’s foot against it. So he beat the donkey again.

26 Then the angel of the Lord moved on ahead and stood in a narrow place where there was no room to turn, either to the right or to the left. 27 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, it lay down under Balaam, and he was angry and beat it with his staff. 28 Then the Lord opened the donkey’s mouth, and it said to Balaam, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?”

29 Balaam answered the donkey, “You have made a fool of me! If only I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now.”

30 The donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?”

“No,” he said.

31 Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown.

About Kimberly Guthrie

Kimberly Guthrie loves adventures in the outdoors. National Park Ranger, Outdoor instructor, curriculum writer, teacher and guide at Mount St. Helens’ Seven Wonders Museum are some of her life adventures. Kim continues to write and teach about the outdoors. Currently, she serves as outdoor education consultant for Allaso Ranch near Hawkins, Texas. Kim holds a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from University of Central Arkansas and a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Illinois University.
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2 Responses to Weird Beetles and Balaam’s Donkey (Dog)

  1. SHEA says:

    JAPANESE BEETLES ARE THE PARENTS OF “GRUB WORMS”. AS A GIRL, I DUG UP TONS OF THEM TO USE AS FISH BAIT.

    THE GRUBS WILL EAT THE ROOTS IN YOUR FLOWER BED. YOU CAN BUY NEMATODES THAT WILL GET RID OF THEM.
    http://www.buglogical.com/beneficial-nematodes/

    • kimgjones says:

      Thanks so much for this info! I’ll let me hubby know we have a new source for fish bait! He will be delighted. I think I will try out your nematodes. Sounds good! Thanks so much!

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