I found a ladybird in my garden. I did not have any in my last garden.
Hoorah. It has blessed my garden.
I hope it brings its friends to kill the greenfly that want to consume the tender unfurling shoots and flowers.
I was considering how necessary and useful this small beautiful creature is in our gardens.
I mentioned in another post about how greenfly hindered my success at growing one of my favourite flowers, the lupin.
The lupin plant’s leaves unfurl in Spring. In May the first flower heads appear.
The greenfly love the new growth of the flowers. They leave the tough leaves alone.
Only a few pale, spindley flowers survived.
The ladybirds eat greenfly. Ladybirds in one’s garden mean healthy flowers.
I was reflecting on the use of the ladybird and thought about my work as a mother with my children.
My young children are like the unfurling, tender shoots of the lupin.
As they grow up in the world the influences thereof and the lies the enemy of their souls tell their young minds, can hinder their beauty, maturity and development in life.
The lies and the pride of life land on our children’s head are like the greenfly landing on the tender flower heads.
I want to be like the ladybird.
A mother and father need to instruct the child against the dangers of believing the lies of the devil and not to believe others who would lead them into temptation to drink, greed, immorality and go the way of the world.
The bible says train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22 v 6
We tried to rear our children with this in mind. I hope we have stopped the “greenfly” damaging their thoughts to some extent by telling them the truth.
Like the humble ladybird that eats the greenfly we parents are to eat up the lies and influences of the world that affect our maturing children.
The lies will be bread for us.
“If The Lord delights in us he will give us the land, a land flowing with milk and honey.
Don’t rebel against The Lord. Don’t fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us, their defence is gone and The Lord is with us. Do not fear them.” Numbers 14 v 9
Photograph thanks to New Scientist