Ant Invasion

Have you had your kitchen invaded by ants? That happened to me Sunday evening. I guess they wanted to see if I would practice one of the illustrations I heard in a sermon that afternoon.

ant invasion

Someone had a rat or roach invasion, whatever it was. The point is that the person figured that each creature was created with a purpose, even if he couldn’t figure it out. So he blessed them!

“I bless you rats  to fulfill your purpose in life, but I’m sure it was NOT to invade my house. This is MY space! Go find your own!”

It worked! They did go find their own space!

My faith was not that strong. Here’s what I did:

  1. I had some cotton swabs in a drawer so I soaked them with apple cider vinegar and started rubbing the paths the ants were taking. It was a massive killing!
  2. Next morning I had a whole new army invading my space. I had read some place about sprinkling cayenne pepper on the path. I raided my cabinets but the strongest powder I could find was chilli pepper so I sprinkled that around the counters. I don’t think they liked it very much.
  3. Parsley! Did I make it up or did I read that some other place? I had parsley in the fridge so I spread some around.
  4. Blessing! I gave them my blessing to go live under my house and not in my kitchen. Then I asked them to forgive me for killing so many of their friends!
  5. To make sure my blessing worked, I called the company that does pest control and had  an Exterminator come out.
  6. I learned something new. Rub an ant between your fingers and then smell  the  spot. That will show you they are house ants.
  7. The ants had taken over 2 basic spots in my house. One outside and another under the house, in the crawl space. Supposedly they are all dead now. What an killer the Exterminator was!

My kitchen looks a mess. I’m still not confident about cleaning off the chilli pepper powder I’ve spread all over.

Who should I believe? The Exterminator or my kind blessing and offer for the ants to live under the house? But I think that’s the spot the Exterminator hit!

I like ants when I write stories about them.

I like that the Bible teaches us to observe the ants and be wise.

I definitely do not like them in my kitchen.

Bye, bye ants!





About kelund

My name is Kerstin Anderas-Lundquist. I was born in Sweden to Per & Brita Anderas, on March 6, 1946. In 1948 we left to begin a missionary life in Chile; in 1956 we moved on to Peru. On May 1, 1969 I married an all-Swedish guy from Karslkrona: Bengt Göran Emanuel Lundquist. God blessed us with two daughters: Eva-Marie Elizabeth and Ruth Carina. We served as missionaries in Peru and Bolivia. In 1988 we moved to the United States to work at Life Publishers in Miami, Florida. I was to assist in developing the line of Sunday School Curriculm in Spanish known as Vida Nueva. I live in Springfield, Missouri, and am retired from work at the Assemblies of God Headquarters. My husband and daughter Eva-Marie have been promoted to Heaven. Carina is married to Thom Cole and they have given me four gourgeous grandchildren, even five (teen-age John). I will be writing about my life, past and present, blended with visions for the future. My deepest desire is to spread the “seed of love”–inspiration to serve God and our neighbors with love and compassion.
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