Hidden Things

Are there things you do not know? We are driven to know. To know is to understand.

We live in a culture where knowing things is priority. We want to know. We want to understand. We want answers. If we don’t know, we expect answers to our questions in less than a second.

But there will always be things we do not know. Things we do not understand.

Even small things can be mysteries. The Assassin Bug is one of them. They are found in all parts of the world.  Well, not in Antarctica, but everywhere else. In North America there are 135 identified species. We know other things about this bug. It has been placed in the Reduviidae  or true bug family of insects. About 7,000 species of insects are found in this group.

Seems quite common doesn’t it? Have you seen one? No worries, you can look at the photos.DSC_0047edDSC_0054ed

What should you know about the Assassin Bug? Know it has a needle like mouth. Know it injects other insects with a poison which both paralyzes the insect and liquefies its insides. I am not making this up. Know too, they are beneficial insects. They prey on soft-bodied insects. The ones that eat plants in our gardens.

We understand the place of the Assassin Bug in nature. We know things about its life cycle, its diet, the larger family of insects it is part of, and even how adult Assassin Bugs eat. But there are many things about the Assassin Bug hidden from us. Like why is the Assassin Bug in the photo missing a back leg?

The known and unknown life of the Assassin Bug presents us with a larger life truth: We live in a world where things are hidden from us. Yes, hidden even in this age where information is sovereign. Some hidden things don’t bother us…sort of out of sight, out of mind. Yet, if we know something is deliberately hidden from us we may resent it.

Are you struggling with hidden things you do not know or understand like I am? God has a word for us. In the Bible, the book of Jeremiah, we read these words, “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” (Jeremiah 33:3) God knows the hidden things that trouble you. He also knows if they should be revealed to you. He invites you and I to speak with Him about the hidden things which trouble us. All of them. He will answer.

His answer may be “you do not need to know this.” Do you know the one thing never hidden from us? The truth that God loves us.


Author: davidwellis

What does a grandfather, husband, former public school teacher and Education Specialist for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service with many life experiences in nature do with them? A naturalist with a camera-makes outside a daily destination. My confidence is that God will guide my words, and photos. We live in a magnificent world, come and look at it with me through eyes, lens and words. To God be the glory. Current Profile Photo- Prickly Ash, the name summarizes this brushy undergrowth well. It fascinates me with its thorny branches. Seeing a vine wrapped around the trunk called for a photo.