It had a maw big enough to swallow your head, replete with two-inch fangs, dripping with deadly neurotoxic venom. At least, you’d have thought so from the reaction of the 30 teenage school girls on my bus that morning. Despite the “stay in your seat” rule, there was a panicked rush to the driver’s side of the bus. I was afraid we might tip over. You never heard so much screaming in your life, especially over a tiny Miller Moth.
It was at that point, Gina sprang into action. Grabbing her sister’s notebook, (obviously she wouldn’t want to use her own), she launched a mortal assault. After half a minute of pouncing, flailing and swatting, accompanied by squeals from fellow students, the dangerous man-eating beast was vanquished. She returned the notebook to her sister, who wouldn’t touch it until Gina wiped the moth guts off with a Kleenex. Who says driving a school bus isn’t exciting?
Somehow, the incident reminded me of the story of David and Goliath in I Samuel 17. On that day, too, many fled in terror, while one stood his ground. I found myself thinking how this is often our situation. It takes no special courage or strength to notice the problem -- almost everyone does. It is amazing how many immediately begin to squeal about it. Next comes the tendency to flee. People often leave churches or other significant relationships because of very small matters. Few actually dare do something about it.
This, though, is what we want to be, people with backbone and faith to resolve the situations facing us. Instead of cowering in fear with the majority, let’s be ones who jump into action. Don’t just notice the problem; be part of the solution. May the Lord grant us the courage to tackle that threatening giant or, as the case may be, moth (in all fairness, it really was an extra scary-looking Miller moth).
Monty Huffman is the "Out Reach" Minister at Parkway Drive Church of Christ.