Anyone who lives in Mississippi knows that once summer steps up to the seasonal plate, she is accompanied by hot as hades heat, a strait jacket of humidity and her best friend, the infamous and ubiqutous, black fly.
You may be saying that you got flies too. But, honey, nobody got flies like Mississippi. These are generational beasts, a curse handed down from waay back and some even bear the surnames of kinfolk on your family tree. They have become impervious to all insecticides and laugh at cans of killer spray for which they are known to lap up like Kool-aid and then, dare you to open the screen door while they party on your patio.
Now, should you be so bold to encroach on their territory, they will have you dancing like somebody who just had an ice cube dropped down their back. The only thing that seems to decimate their population is a trusty fly swatter.
Smart Southeners of every color will have one of these weapons, somewhere, hanging on a nail in the kitchen. They come in all colors, all sizes, shapes, and material and you can never have too many! I mean, why would you venture out into the enemy’s terrain with only one little ole swatter? Best you head out with one in each hand and perhaps one at your waist too.
And, you need a battle plan when you open that door. Those flies just sitting there waiting for you to make a move, you know they got eyes in the back of their heads. Flies have multiple eyes and they can catch movement quicker than a lizard can dart under the sofa!
Now, I got to thinking about this, because it seems to me that there are some folks, maybe not you, that think they can step out into the world with only one Bible verse (that they learned in kindergarden) and be victorious. Not just against the devil, but, against all those hapless people crazily running around, whose one aim in life is to aggravate you.
Think about it. You can’t stop flies from taking over your outdoor gatherings without dropping crap on your food and your good time. How you gonna stop people, who leaving bigger crap and spoiling your joy with that one swat of John 3:16?
That is why the Bible says to put on your whole armour. One woe-be-gone Word will not be enough. You need an arsenal of words/scriptures. And, while you at it, some prayer would be very appropriate.
Now, Boomer wisdom exhorts you, which means you are encouraged, to don’t leave home, unprepared. Take that fly swatter, metophorically speaking, off the nail in the kitchen, and get to using it. Life will still have you swatting some flies, but, you will be able to make more of a impact on those things that beset you, at home and beyond.
Blessings to you all.