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We are about to return from an amazing family camp in Florida. God really moved, which is the point of such events.
A fresh move of God’s Spirit in our lives does wonders. It is so good to get to Him. In His presence, big problems and little problems dissipate. God truly is a refuge from the issues of life.
The camp theme was “Keeping the Faith.” We stayed a couple of days with friends in Perry, Florida, following the camp. On the second day, we went crabbing at a sea inlet.
The crabs were attracted to a red crab trap somebody had situated in the water. We bought some chicken hearts and turkey necks that we knotted on ropes close to the water’s edge. The goal was to lure blue crabs close enough to where we could net them.
My friend was able to net one small crab. The big ones come out in the hottest months, which would be July and August, according to a friend named Rex.
The fishing is great there, as well. Red drum, mullets and sea trout are the best catches. Shrimp is the main bait.
You’ve got to watch for alligators. We also saw a bobcat on the dirt road to the inlet.
Though we did not see many crabs, the sand gnats were out in full force. They are pests. So very annoying.
They were everywhere you went. These particular gnats delivered a bite akin to a mosquito bite. I had hundreds of those bites on my arms and neck.
I started thinking about those gnats. They reminded me of something the devil brings following a wonderful time in God. No doubt, the devil and his imps want to implement a distraction to what we received from the Lord.
That is the way it always is when you return from a camp, retreat, or similar event. You can expect attacks from the enemy. But here is the deal: Those attacks are not always major movements.
Many times, they are mere distractions.
They are frustrating insects that inflict little bites that require attention when they begin itching like the dickens. You want to swat them away.
There were more attempts to disrupt what we received at camp, as well.
A little joke I played on my wife backfired on me. While in Perry the night after camp, the guys and I drove our minivan to Walmart to pick up several items. One sitting up front noticed the “no key” flash on the dash, meaning my wife had the key in her purse at home.
We couldn’t stop the van, or it wouldn’t start again because we had no key. So, my two boys remained in the van while we went into Walmart. As we approached the home, a guy told me to call my wife and play a little joke.
I told her in a stern voice that she had the key, and we were at Walmart with a van that would not start. We asked her to drive to Walmart with the key. Little did she know we were in the driveway at the home. She was so flustered that her and a friend opened the door and walked past the van, not realizing we were right there. When she figured it out, she was not laughing too hard.
But that backfired on me the next day. I had to have Wi-Fi to finish a newspaper deadline, so I went to McDonald’s (free Wi-Fi). My wife dropped me off there and then went to Walmart.
I received a call a few minutes later and guess what? I had the van keys in my pocket. There was no other way but for me to walk the distance in the hot Florida sunshine.
This time, as I strolled up to the Walmart parking lot with sweat rolling off my forehead, I noticed a smile on my wife’s face.
Later that day, I helped a homeless person at McDonald’s with some food, but I ended up losing my laptop charger (where it went, nobody knows).
So my wife had to come get me and drive me back to Walmart. Thank the Lord they had the right charger, and I was back in business with my deadline.
Though little annoyances occur from the enemy, we have the power through Jesus to tell Satan to “get behind us.” We do not have to fret over such incidents. We can trust in God, call on Him and watch Him put the enemy in his place.
Thanks, God, for the victory in Jesus.