It’s kind of like the land of Egypt around here when Moses kept asking for his people to be set free and Pharaoh kept saying no. God sent plagues. I feel as though we are living in the land of plagues, and I keep wondering which one is next.
The drought has been the worst of the plagues. Trees have died in the forests due to lack of snowfall and the bark beetles (another plague) have infested the weakened wood. Those dry, dead trees are fuel for forest fires (plague 3). The forest fires have made the air bad to breath (plague 4) and then high summer temperatures (plague 5) have baked the air even more and made it almost impossible to be outside beyond noon.
Because many people have cut back on water use (again due to the drought), their water pipes have corroded and lead is leaching into their water at high rates (plague 6). There is a whole area of Fresno that is now dealing with contaminated water because of the city’s water treatment and the residents’ corroded pipes. So far, our area of town is okay, but as I wrote in that opening paragraph, I’m waiting for the next plague.
The drought has caused a large number of beetles to surface. We suffered with them last summer and hoped that they might die off in the winter, but they are back with a vengeance. Because of the increased bug population, the spiders have set up massive webbed communities to feed their increasing numbers (plagues 7 and 8). I have tried using essential oils (citronella and tea tree) to keep them all out of the house. It worked well while we were away for a week. I had been concerned that we would come back to a house of bugs and spiders, but with the oil soaked cottonballs I put out, we dodged that plague. I just have to remember to keep redoing the cottonballs.
I don’t know what God wants us to do, sending all these plagues. We aren’t holding the Hebrews as slaves, but I know we aren’t living as we should be, either. I look across the country and see all the flooding and think of Noah’s time, and again I wonder, what is God telling us?