Buffalo flies are a big problem for cattle. The blood sucking fly lives on a cow, constantly feeding, only leaving reluctantly and briefly to lay eggs in fresh dung. Each fly feeds up to 20 times a day by puncturing the cow’s skin and sucking blood. Cattle infested with buffalo fly lose weight, drop in milk production, their hides are damaged, and their discomfort is obvious as they flinch around in an attempt to rid themselves of the torment. Cattle can be treated chemically with dips, back sprays or backrubbers. Non-chemical treatments include a fly tunnel trap and Dung beetles which kill fly eggs and larvae.
Worries can torment us like buffalo flies. The anxious thought that comes and will not let up is like the repeated biting of the buffalo fly. It will wear us down to exhaustion, steal away our creativity and potential, and distract us from a life of faith. What is the non-chemical treatment for worry? Trust God. Trust that He DOES care, even when circumstances seem to contradict that truth. Because He loves you so dearly, you can take every worry to Him.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-8). Notice God’s peace does not necessarily bring understanding – it passes it. Allow His peace to exterminate your worry bugs!
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
My Father I trust You. I know You are faithful. I come to You now to give you my worries.
When I take my troubles there,
every anxious thought and care
I leave them in the bush with God.
Stillness, like the morning dew
settles on me, makes me new
and peace walks where worry trod.