I just discovered moth holes in my beautiful wool kilt. Was it those tomato worms? No, they don’t eat wool. However, a clothes moth eats just about every natural fibre including wool, cashmere, silk, cotton, linen, fur, feathers, hair, lint, and carpets, the bristles of brushes, pet fur, and even dust. If this keeps up I will be naked and so will my house!
Moths are the ugly relatives of the butterfly. They are rather squatty and stout, with a drab brown color and their wings fold flat when they settle. (Don’t kid yourself. They are not praying; they are getting ready to devour your stuff!) They are an age-old problem. The Bible even warns us about them.
“Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being. (Matthew 6:19-21, MSG)
So beware your clothing but even more beware of your spiritual life. Don’t let a fat bug steal what belongs to you in the kingdom of heaven!
Prayer- Lord, help us to spot and squash the moths and other thieves that want to keep us from you and your way of life for us. Amen.