How are scorpions like our Christian fight?
I live in the Sonoran Desert and spring is the time of year that scorpions become very active. Thankfully, I have never seen one in my house, but many around me have. This year some of my neighbors have noted that after 23 years they are suddenly getting scorpions in their homes. Some of the scorpions here in the Desert have a sting that is no worse than that of a bee, but the Bark Scorpion is the most poisonous scorpion in the United States. The only way to tell a Bark scorpion from a regular one is that the Bark scorpion can climb.
Scorpions are scary little arachnid creatures that love to live in specific areas. If you make your house attractive enough to them, they will come to live with you. Hunger can be a reason, but scorpions can go up to a year without eating. When they aren’t eating, they like to kick back, finding somewhere cozy to lie around, like maybe a rarely used glove or the toe of a shoe.
If you attract them, you may just find you become overrun with them. I have one friend who was so overrun that she kept a rubber mallet in each room to kill them with. You must use strong measures and change the surroundings of your home to be rid of them. Over the years, I’ve heard and read many things about scorpions and it started me thinking about how some of what scorpions do also fits with our Christian lives. To understand, it helps to know what exactly attracts scorpions and what keeps them away.
One way we attract scorpions is by using bright street and security lights. What attracts bugs, attracts scorpions. But by changing from a white to a yellow bulb less bugs are gather. The yellow light is less attractive which means most bugs pass by it.
Christians are to spread the word of God and be a bright light to those around them. Sometimes we are unwilling to shine brightly and instead make excuses or cover our light to “save face”. Much like Peter who denied Christ 3 times, (John 18:17, 25-27) we can become afraid to be ourselves. A light under a basket can often show through with a yellow glow. (Luke 11:33) We need to shine brightly and attract as many people as we can to God’s way and not be ashamed. (Romans 1:16)
Another attracting factor are rock gardens and woodpiles where they can feel comfortable. Areas that supply water, like sprinklers and sink areas make for a nice sheltered area to live. A scorpion can also flatten out and creep right under the windows and doors. If a credit card can fit, so can a scorpion. However, if the windows are sealed or designed properly, the scorpions cannot enter.
Satan also likes to hide in the comfortable places of our lives. Whenever we let our guard down and open our mind to sin he slips right in. Unlike the scorpion who stings out of self-defense when we get too close, step on or grab it by accident, Satan attacks from the shadows on purpose, trying to destroy us. (2 Corinthians 2:11)
Unless you spray a scorpion directly with poison you won’t be able to kill it and sometimes that doesn’t even work. They also love the redwood bark we put in the garden. You can be planting or weeding and suddenly “wham” you are stung. You may have set yourself up for trouble due to not paying attention or because it was just out of sight.
Similarly, unless we completely change how we live and turn to God, Satan will stay in our life. Lingering, waiting, and just when we stop paying attention “wham” he’s attacked us again. We must reject Satan, like the Bark Scorpion he is dangerous and we need to spray him directly as it were, using the truth of God’s word. We must avoid encountering him as much as we can.
Finally, scorpions spread. They are carried off by people in various ways, they are attracted to food sources, and are also attracted to each other. This means a scorpion problem can develop where none existed before.
We too can be attracted to people who are not good for us in our Christian walk. Those who do or act in a way that is not in line with God’s way. It can be as simple as a wrong conversation or as bad as becoming caught up in a situation that is sinful. We must be careful not to follow or be carried along with the crowd. (Ezekiel 2:6; 1 Corinthians 15:33)
Bark Scorpions can be deadly, but so can sin. “The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.” (1 Corinthians 15:56 NKJV) Satan can also be deadly to our Christian walk. So we need to be diligent in protecting ourselves. “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13)
Valley 101: A Slightly Skewed Guide to Living in Arizona, a collection of Clay Thompson’s columns for The Arizona Republic. (Originally published July 18, 1999.)
Responsible Pest Control – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Scorpion Map 2016