Poisonous caterpillars are really dangerous here. Many times people will break out in hives all over just from coming in contact with one hair of the caterpillar’s back! Or worse than that – they could die! What makes them doubly dangerous is that they are perfectly camouflaged. To me they are the most camouflaged thing in the jungle because there is mostly no motion to attract your eye, and no color to distinguish it. It is so small, insignificant and camouflaged that I have not even found one to photograph, instead I show an internet picture.
Some of these creepy little creatures actually eject a cloud of their poisonous hairs into the air. Any that land on your skin will cause serious problems, but if you breath them in it could kill you. That is why they are known to kill dogs because they are always sniffing around at things.
This poor BYT man, DeaDee, almost lost his hand, and became very ill with a high fever and infected lymph nodes, from a catapillar sting. He was climbing a tree five days ago, and placed his hand right on the wicked creature. Even after IV antibiotics and hospital care for 5 days, he still has pain and swelling in that hand. I saw him again 2 months later and there are still long term disabilities.
This Asian centipede is also a problem. I have seen them 15 inches long and very fat and strong! They can kill a small child. Adults will suffer a lot of pain and may need hospital care.
My point in showing you these things is not to make your fear mount, and your skin crawl, but in comparison, let us see that the invisible sting of poison from the devil is the thing most greatly to fear. It is far worse, far more camoflouged, and the effects of such a sting could last a life-time and end in eternal death! We need not fear these earthly creatures that we can see, but fear spiritual wickedness like clouds of poison in the air!
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wicked ness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12
Let us right now “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” Let us right now, “Put on the whole armour of God that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6: 10, 11
My heart melts as I hear the pleading voice of Jesus in Deuteronomy 30:19 and Ezekiel 33:11 “As I live , saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways, for why will ye die, O house of Israel?”
God knows how subtle and camouflaged the deceits are that the devil presents. He knows how deep and lasting the effects of the deadly poison that he injects into both old and young, and the final consequences. He knows how weak and unaware we are as we sink into comfort and indifference. Oh please let us wake up to our true spiritual condition before God, and search our hearts out before Him, that we may be able to stand against the stinging attacks of the devil. Let us turn from our lazy indifference and work with all our hearts minds and souls, to reach a dying world during this short period of time that yet remains. Let us be faithful and stand in the power of His might!