Mosquitos, Storms, and Quakes

Large storms and earthquakes tend to get our attention. But little winged insects are just an annoyance, but nothing to take seriously, like a hurricane. But of course that depends on where you live. If you live some place where malaria and yellow fever are prevalent then the winged insects are also attention getters. In the U.S. mainland until recently mosquitoes have been mostly in the annoyance category. Then last May, a mosquito-born virus, Zika, known mainly in Africa and Asia unexpectedly arrived in Brazil. Since then, mosquitos have been making headline news right along with hurricanes and earthquakes. So what do mosquitos, tropical cyclones and earthquakes have in common? They all serve at the pleasure of the Lord of heaven and earth. In some ways, it is a little easier to comprehend the hand of God directing a giant storm covering as much as a thousand miles in diameter than it is to think of this same God simultaneously directing the flight path of hundreds of thousands of mosquitos! But if you think God is not in control of a tiny mosquito then your view of God is too small.

Jesus says that not even a sparrow falls to the ground apart from God’s care. This same God names all the stars, controls the wind and waves and knows your most intimate, deep thoughts even before you think them. On a larger scale, Isaiah 40:15 reminds you of God’s greatness compared to people and governments:

Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.

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