The Ladybug: "Just stopping by"

About a month ago, I remember after going to my dialysis center in Philadelphia, my mother and I stopped at a store. As she went into the store I waited in the car because I was still having a hard time breathing (fluid around my lungs). I had the window down because it was a nice sunny day. I was also enjoying my favorite radio station, Hope FM. As I was listening, I felt an itch on my arm I lifted my arm to closely examine my arm. There to my surprise, was a ladybug! I was glad I looked, because I was going to squash whatever it was. It was just a friendly ladybug paying a visit. Than I just watched the ladybug, it slowly crawled up my arm and than came to my hand and went onto my knuckles. It seemed to be showing off, stretching it’s wings and flaunting it’s beauty. I have to say while watching this ladybug, I really felt God’s presence and I just felt very relaxed and protected. I just felt like God was saying, “Just checking up on you”. After the ladybug got done stretching it’s wings, it just took off hovering away into the gentle wind across the parking lot. I thought it was a pretty cool experience.

[Picture from Wikipedia]

When I got home I did a little research on lady bugs. Here is what found:

“In parts of Northern Europe, tradition says that one's wish granted if a ladybird lands on oneself (this tradition lives on in North America, where children capture a ladybird, make a wish, and then "blow it away" back home to make the wish come true). In Italy, it is said by some that if a ladybird flies into one's bedroom, it is considered good luck. In central Europe, a ladybird crawling across a girl's hand is thought to mean she will get married within the year. In some cultures they are referred to as lucky bugs (Turkish: uğur böceği).
In Gaelic, the insect is called bóín Dé — or "God's little cow"; similarly, in Croatian it is called Božja ovčica ("God's little sheep"). In France it is known as bête à bon Dieu, "the Good Lord's animal", and in Russia, Божья коровка ("God's little cow"), while in both Hebrew and Yiddish, it is called "Moshe Rabbenu's (i.e. Moses's) little cow" or "Moshe Rabbenu's little horse", apparently an adaptation of the Russian name, or sometimes "Little Messiah".
[Ladybug]

Hmmm all these have to do with the Gospel, that’s pretty interesting! I would of never knew all this stuff. Than I thought, I wonder why a lady bug would have something to do with a “Moses little red cow” or red heifer and so…I did some research. Red cows are very rare, only nine had been sacrificed throughout Jewish history. This means it is a very rare occurrence considering Hebrew history spans back to AM 1948–2123 (1812 BCE to 1637 BCE).

Thomas what does AM stand for? AM is an abbreviation for Anno Mundi or "the year of the World" much like AD is Anno Domini or "the year of our Lord". But now the world has changed this to CE which stands for Common Era. Wonder why the world would want to change AD or take "the year of our Lord" away? (being sarcastic)

The importance of this red heifer to the Jewish people is pretty astounding. The ashes from the sacrifice of this perfect red heifer would cleanse the sins of the Jewish people which would allow them to be able to rebuild the Holy Temple! According to the Hebrews at the Temple Institute they believe, “the Holy Temple is the only solution for achieving the elusive peace we all desire to see: for the Creator Himself, the Supreme Author of peace, has stated: "The honor of this last house will be greater than that of the first, says the Lord of Hosts; and in this place I will grant peace, says the Lord of Hosts" (Hagai 2:9).”

Many believe that this red heifer could be soon arriving. In order for the Temple to be rebuilt, the Ark of the Covenant must also be in possession. According to the Temple Institute, Israel does indeed have this as well, it is hidden underneath the Temple mount.

“This location is recorded in our sources, and today, there are those who know exactly where this chamber is. And we know that the ark is still there, undisturbed, and waiting for the day when it will be revealed. An attempt was made some few years ago to excavate towards the direction of this chamber. This resulted in widespread Moslem unrest and rioting. They stand a great deal to lose if the Ark is revealed - for it will prove to the whole world that there really was a Holy Temple, and thus, that the Jews really do have a claim to the Temple Mount. (The official position of the Islamic Wakf, the body that governs over the Temple Mount, is that there never was a Holy Temple, and that the Jews have no rights whatsoever to the place)” [The Temple Institute]

The completion of the third Holy Temple will eventually bring the Messiah but there will be much chaos before that happens. If you would like to know more about what happens please read about it in the book of Revelations.

Wow, all this from a little visit from a Ladybug or “Moses little red cow”. Ladybugs “are generally considered useful insects as many species feed on aphids or scale insects, which are pests in gardens, agricultural fields, orchards, and similar places.” [Ladybug]

May be the reason why they were given the names of domesticated animals such as cow, horse, or sheep was because of the way farmers used Ladybugs to help maintain there crops from harmful pests. This is as close as I got to the reason why Ladybugs were given such names.

Anyway Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed the post. Take care all you people, God bless and peace be with you!

14 comments:

Lori said...

Wow...what a really cool thing. Some very interesting things.
Thanks for sharing!! I always liked ladybugs.

ThomasCSlater said...

I think ladybugs are very cool beetles as well!Thanks for coming by as always Lori. :)

Christina said...

Thomas, this is a fabulous piece, I love it!

I have always thought Ladybugs were totally cool, but I never knew why I had such an, uh, affinity (?) for them...oh, wow...thanks for all this!

I actually was stopping by to wish you a wonderful Christmas...

Anonymous said...

I too gain a lot of inspiration from the lives of animals. I remember a while ago I was snarled up in a traffic jam in the town center. To calm my fragile nerves I switched over the radio to a classical music station, there was a movement from a ballet playing that I can't now remember.

By the side of the road just outside my window someone had thrown some bread to the hungry pigeons. There were five or six of them and what I was watching was the usual display of mildly ill tempered jostling for the scraps of bread that pigeons invariably enjoy. As I watched, the dynamics of the music slowly but surely seemed to coincide with the prancing and jumping of the pigeons until through the power of observation through imagination it appeared that this small chorus of pigeons were acting out every movement of the ballet with such beauty, grace and finesse, or so it seemed to me, that I became entranced by what was presented for me.

I wondered, had they practiced all morning for this performance, did they know I would be there at just that moment? How could they have heard the music? All the windows were closed.

God contrives a million and one incidents such as this one each day for every one of us and only through his infinite patience he is able to forgive us for rarely noticing these wondrous events in our lives.

ThomasCSlater said...

Christina, thank you for your pleasant comments.

Yes Christina, I know what you mean. It's fun to learn why things are the way they are.

Thank you Christina for stopping by, I wish you a Happy and safe Christmas as well!

ThomasCSlater said...

Hello Anonymous,

You got quite a story there. The pigeons you wrote about, I can almost picture them as you wrote about them. It must of been quite an experience!

I believe you are right. God does conduct such things for us all to marvel, we are usually too caught up in our own thing to notice.

Thanks for stopping by!

God bless!

Ben said...

Wonderful Post.. Keep it Going Thomas.

ThomasCSlater said...

Thanks Ben! For the motivation, I will definitely keep it going :)

Christina said...

@ Anon.

About the pigeons - once I was in Independence Park, in Phila., w/some Christian friends who were handing out food & socks to homeless persons. One of the guys had a guitar, we were singing along, a praise-type song. Of course you can imagine, plenty of pigeons were scuttling around, pecking for food, etc. on the ground. But as we sang, every single bird flew up to the tree tops & sat quietly, almost worshipfully, the whole time. Never saw anything like it!

ThomasCSlater said...

Christina that sounds pretty awesome! What a sight that must of been? :)

Anonymous said...

cant wait for your christmas blog. Keep it going Tom.

ThomasCSlater said...

Hi Anonymous, now the pressure is on! Hope I don't disappoint.:)

Christa Roachell said...

Thomas,

I have really enjoyed reading your blog. Thank you for sharing your journey and your love for God. I stumbled on your site while I was looking up information on Ladybugs. Your story of the ladybug is great. I had a dream of creating something, like a quilt or shawl with a ladybug on it several months ago and was thinking about it again. This dream came shortly after I had an experience that brought me closer to God in a way I hadn't known before. I even used the image of a ladybug on my website which I created to share my journey.

Thank you again and God Bless You!

ThomasCSlater said...

Christa, thank you for stopping by! I am glad you enjoyed yourself. I hope whatever you create whether it is a quilt or a shawl with a ladybug comes out exactly the way you dreamed! :)

Blessings to you and yours!