This culprit, hidden undercover, was discovered chomping away almost a third of our healthy petunia plant. Flowers, stalks and all. It was fat, and i thought it kind of ‘ugly’ only because i have an aversion to worms and creepy crawlies. (Ironically, i am always the one to discover them, whether it’s a green worm on green leafy vegetables or a white worm in my bowl of rice while eating in a restaurant.)
The day before, my husband had pruned the plant but didn’t notice anything amiss. While watering the plant, i had noticed some droppings and turned the plant around to discover with horror, this unexpected intruder, so stealthy and camouflaged.
This ‘encounter’ became a spiritual lesson for me. Sin is like that. Ever so often, we don’t realise how a tiny idea or desire planted by the evil one can grow out of control . Before long, what was initially a little weakness, a minor indulgence, a simple white lie, had quickly degenerated into an addiction, spiraling us helplessly and hopelessly downwards. No wonder St Peter exhort us:
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)
Anyway, since there was no one i could cry for help, i had to force myself to remove it together with the whole stalk of petunia flowers. I tried rearing it in a container, but sadly it didn’t live to grow into a butterfly.
I still wonder what kind of butterfly it would have turned out to be. Anyone knows? By R