I just wonder how many of us would really like wasps flying inside our homes. I can safely bet that the vast majority of us would either chase the wasps out of our homes or kill them if they choose to stay inside the house.
I believe most of us have the nasty experiences of being bitten by wasps. In short, they are widely regarded as pests that are socially rejected in our community.
However I would urge you to think again.If God created wasps millions of years ago, there must be a very good reason for their existence in the Divine Plan in spite of our negative sentiments.
Do you know that there are thousands of different kinds of wasps?The smallest are microscopic and the largest queen is 4 cm long with an 8 cm wingspan. Fortunately she lives in the Himalayas; so most of us are unlikely to encounter this gigantic wasp.
Most of us are not aware of the positive roles played by wasps in our ecosystem. It is this ignorance or lack of awareness that has created our negative feelings towards wasps. In fact, wasps play a vital ecological role in life. One of the jobs they do is to pollinate flowers, like bees. They are not as important as the bees but they still do a lot of essential work.Take the fig trees, for example. In the rainforests, figs are the most important source of food for fruit-eating animals. Each of the many different species of fig has its own type of wasp to pollinate it. The fig and the wasp are entirely interdependent on each other. Without the wasps, the figs would not be pollinated and no fruit would grow. Without the fruit, countless animals would perish and a large part of the rainforest ecosystem would probably collapse.
Perhaps even more important is the way they control the numbers of other insect pests. The painful sting that we know is a development of a paralyzing poison that many wasps use. The wasp attacks a spider, a caterpillar and paralyses it. Then she takes it to her nest which may be a hole in the wood or soil and she lays an egg on or in it. When the wasp larva hatches out it feeds on the paralyzed insect or spider.
It sounds horrible but that is the way nature operates. If the wasps do not inject poison and immobilize their preys to feed their larvae in this way, the populations of other pests might explode and upset their ecosystem. People might lose crops or have to use more pesticides which are harmful to humans. For instance, the sawfly, a serious pest in North America that was destroying spruce trees, was controlled by introducing wasps.
If we had voted this seemingly undesirable pest, the wasp, out of our world through our ignorance, we would have unwittingly killed millions of other animals in the rainforests and undermined the whole ecosystems all over the world.(Adapted from `77 Talks for 21st century Kids’ by Chris Chesterton)
Food For Thought
Things are rarely as simple as they seem. Perhaps that is why Jesus warned us not to judge each other. Somebody might appear to be a real pest but there are certainly all kinds of good things about them that we are not aware of. Don’t pass a negative judgment against him/her because we don’t know enough to pass a negative judgment. What we see or hear about the negative things may be only a fragment of the total information about the supposedly negative person. Perhaps we should think of the wasp before telling them to buzz off!
Before you think about gossiping or slandering somebody, just say a personal prayer:
“Dear God, you designed the world and all the plants and animals in it.You did a wonderful job. You made all the people too. When I am tempted to judge someone because I don’t like something about them, remind me of the wasp. Amen.”