As a child, while not a huge fan of insects, I always smiled when I came across a ladybug. They are pretty and peaceful. When I would come across one I would think that it was good luck, because the presence of the little red bugs creates a happy calm.
Shortly after meeting Ian, he shared with me that ladybugs are special in his family as well. In fact, they feel particularly close to his grandmother, who passed away in 2001, when they encounter the little beetles. This made me fall deeper in love with Ian and I felt a kinship with his grandmother who I never had the opportunity to meet.
While ladybugs are peaceful and often bring joy to others, they are also hard workers, defending crops against aphids and other pests. In the last few weeks while starting our spring work on our garden and flower beds, we have uncovered lots of ladybugs. Not only does this serve as a great reminder in our family to remember our loved ones who are no longer with us, but also how we should live and work. Being diligent in our chores, without complaint, being peaceful to those around us and bringing joy where we can.
Colossians 3:23 says, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.” Following this instruction can be a major challenge, even for the most diligent people. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to stay home to care for John and our things, but after the laundry and dishes and vacuuming all while chasing and playing with John, I get stressed out and forget to thank God that we have a home, we have food to eat and clothes to wear. I start to complain. I forget the simple joy of a ladybug and dwell on my unmet expectations of my overwhelming to do lists. It’s hard to be a ladybug, to eliminate all of the meaningless self-appointed obligations in our lives, especially in this fast moving world we live in, but if you become thankful for what you have and work hard at the blessings granted by God, it’s easier to let the rest fall by the wayside and focus on what is truly necessary.
While not even half-way over, 2019 has been transforming for our family. Ian and I are trying to be more active in our faith, and not make excuses about it. We are starting Harmonious Goat and working with the Kane family to support Kane Ranch CSA and we are looking at preschool/schooling options for John. The more we focus on these core things the easier it is to give up distractions like TV binges, phone games or useless scrolling apps and even excessive clothes and decor. I am hopeful as we continue eliminating distractions and moving towards our core, we will become much more like the peaceful and diligent lady bugs, being helpful to those around us and thankful for all we have been blessed with.
What has been distracting you lately? Any object bring you peace and help you get back on track?
Prayers, Auntie Em