What the Fruit Flies are Teaching Me

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I’m learning lessons from fruit flies these days. Truly.

My dad always has a big bowl of bananas. And it seems every year at some point fruit flies suddenly take over the house.

They are especially persistent this year.  Dad can’t see them and Mom doesn’t care, but the flies are kind of driving me crazy. They are drawn to the mirrors in the bathroom and bedroom for some reason.  So, I’m spending a lot of time spraying Windex on the flies and wiping them up as they drop off.  The mirrors have never been so clean.

But the population keeps growing.  So I looked for ideas on the web, that fountain of knowledge just waiting to be asked.  I read about a trap you could make by twisting paper into a funnel and putting it in a cup with some fruit for bait.

So, I made a few funnels and taped them to some small empty bottles with bits of banana in them.  And they are working!  The flies are attracted to the food and easily find their way down the wide opening of the funnel.  But few find the small opening to get out.

And the whole thing reminds me of a Bible passage. ..

 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV)

The easy wide road has its appeal.  Living life for self and pleasure can seem the logical thing to do.  The idea that you only live once and all that.

The narrow road looks more challenging and lonely. But it’s where the real joy is. Surrendering your heart to Jesus leads to an abundant life now and eternity with Him.

Sometimes He calls us to do challenging, tough things.   Beyond our ability even. But He gives us His strength and He stays with us.  He helps us break away from the sin that draws us in and the crowd that is going the wrong way. He shines His light on the path of obedience that leads us to freedom!

Sometimes He leads us through shadowy valleys as we see our loved ones losing thoughts and memories and personalities. We could easily drop into despair. But we can take shelter under His wings and know that He is with us and He will get us through it all.

Jesus calls us to a life of love and peace and forgiveness and challenge and growth and adventure, as we follow Him through the narrow gate and stay close to Him for the journey.

And sometimes He may teach us lessons from fruit flies.


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