“Your cat has fleas.” My son stated last week as we were on our way out to dinner.
“No.” I protested. “He’s never had fleas. We use the most expensive flea drops we can buy. If he has fleas, I’ll be very upset. That stuff isn’t cheap!”
Fleas are a reality.
Well, guess what! Our cat does have fleas, and I couldn’t be more upset.
We really have been diligent in making sure our kitty had been given all of the right care:
- I bought the top name, over-the-counter flea drops to put on his neck.
- I marked the calendar to make sure we didn’t go even one day over the flea treatment’s 30 day regimen.
- I followed the flea treatment instructions to the letter.
- I held him still, on my lap, and I make sure the required time had passed, allowing for time for the drops to sink in before letting him run around.
There was nothing more I could have done. He has never had fleas before, as far as I know. We adopted him, so while we aren’t 100 percent sure of his age, we’ve had him for three flea-free years now; this is the first time, since he’s been ours, that he’s had fleas.
In a perfect world…
I think, if there was one pest I could rid off the face of the Earth, it would be the flea. I don’t think they have even one redeeming quality. I even spent over an hour googling about “fleas”, trying to find one good reason for fleas.
I found nothing! The closest I found for a good reason for fleas was that they help diseases and bacteria travel from place to place, and may help with population control of mammals through the passing on of plagues and diseases, and weakening animals.
(Doesn’t that sound just wonderful?)
It’s all in the numbers.
In my research, I also found out that two adult fleas can produce over 2 trillion descendants. TRILLION! Do you know how big the number one trillion is?
If you counted one number per second, continuously, 24 hours per day, it would take you approximately 31,709.79 years to reach one trillion.
That’s a lot of fleas!
So why did God create fleas? I think it must have been just for me… I needed something to write about today… lol.
Seriously, though, I do wonder sometimes why God has done (or allowed) some of those things that He has, on this earth.
There are times when we are so careful to do things just right. We take out our insurance policies and put our money in savings. We follow the instructions and the rules. But often, that just isn’t enough to keep our little world quite perfect.
While we drive on our side of the road, we may still see an oncoming truck cross over the center line, heading straight for us. We break things, spill things, destroy things, and call them accidents. We are imperfect people, living in an imperfect world.
Why does God allow these pains? The best answer I’ve found for this question, came from Billy Graham; He was once asked:
“If Christianity is valid, why is there so much evil in the world?”
To this, Mr. Graham replied with a question of his own:
“With so much soap, why are there so many dirty people in the world? Christianity is like soap; it has to be personally applied, for it to work.”
I’m still not sure there are any good reasons for fleas. I know that if it were my choice, the world would be rid of them, right now. I’m so thankful that God can use even a disgusting flea, to remind me of Him.
Now, I think I need to call the vet, and to get my cat on the flea pill!