After the torrid time I had last night trying to sleep with the added discomfort of mosquito bites and those annoying mosquito sounds all up in my ears. I woke up with three pertinent questions to ask God.
So I began……
“God, why did You make mosquitoes?”
He didn’t answer, so I asked my follow up question.
“God, why didn’t Adam just swat them when he had the chance instead of naming them?”
God still kept quiet, then I asked the last and final question.
“God, but why did Noah have to bring along father and mother mosquitoe into the ark?”
I’m sure I made God laugh in Heaven but it was not a joking matter to me.
These questions have plagued mankind for generations with no concrete answers in sight.
Seriously, of what use are mosquitoes?
When all they do is transmit diseases (malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, encephalitis and the dreaded zika virus)?????
It was in this despair that I decided to
foolishly bring up relationship lessons from my/our ordeal with mosquitoes.
Who sent me?
1. Stagnant water: Mosquitoes spend their first 10 days in water, mostly stagnant, smelly water. Water is necessary for the eggs to hatch into larvae, called wigglers. Wigglers feed on organic matter in stagnant water and breathe oxygen from the surface. They develop into pupae, which do not feed and are partially encased in cocoons. Over several days, the pupae change into adult mosquitoes and begin evoking havoc on people.
In relationships and marriage, stagnant water signifies strife, unsettled grievances, bitterness and malice. When these forms of stagnant water are allowed to fester and are not resolved, it gives room for the birth of larvea (not talking to each other for a while), wigglers (bad mouthing one another), pupae (insults and raised voices), cocoons (physical confrontation and a shouting match) and then mosquitoes (separation or divorce).
Don’t give stagnant water space in your relationships, make sure to breathe fresh life into your relationships every time a party feels offended or betrayed. Talk to each other, resolve issues like grown-ups and move on. Remember, saying sorry and meaning it is like discarding bad water and replacing it with fresh water. It keeps the mosquitoes of separation away.
2. Blood covenant:
Are you aware that male mosquitoes don’t bite?
Yes, only female mosquitoes bite (women and their problem..lol).
Mosquitoes mean nothing personal when they bite you and take your blood. Female mosquitoes need protein for their eggs, and must take a blood meal in order to reproduce. Since males don’t bear the burden of producing, they’ll avoid you completely and instead focus on flowers.
In relationships and mostly in marriage, the person in control of the happenings in the union is the woman. Not only is the woman the care taker, she’s the mother, the cook, the wife, the cleaner, the mentor, the encourager, the supervisor and many more. But more powerful as shown by the biting prowess of the female mosquitoe is the power of her tongue.
A woman can use her tongue to make her family or tear it down. She can use her mouth to make a man feel important and appreciated or use that same mouth to belittle him and make him feel worthless. She can use her words to make him happy enough to buy her anything or angry enough to beat her black and blue. A woman can use her words to edify or use her words to shame and embarrass. A woman can use her words to make a man feel ten feet high or make him feel empty and useless. A woman can use her words to build and use her words to demolish. A woman can use her mouth to pray or use her mouth to curse. The real power of unity, love, oneness, strength doesn’t lie with the man, it lies in the woman’s mouth.
Remember, female mosquitoes suck blood with their mouth. Bad mouthed women could suck the life (blood) out of their relationships with their ill guided utterances.
3. The balls of patient: A wise cheeky man once said, when a mosquito lands on a man’s testicles, that’s when he realizes that there is always a way to solve a problem without using violence. No man would be angry enough to slap his balls because he wants to kill a mosquito. That would be tantamount to suicide…lol.
So why would a man in a relationship be so eager to lay his hands on his woman. A woman he claims to love and adore. A woman he cherishes and promised to protect. A woman he singled out among other ladies and promised to love and adore for the rest of his days. A woman that has become one flesh with him according to Biblical wisdom.
If you can exercise patience enough not to use violence to handle the mosquito on your balls, the same mosquito you despise and wish dead. How about handling the attack on your pride and masculinity by your woman with more patience and panache.
4. Little issue: It’s no longer news that the biggest killer disease in the World is not the incurable AIDS or even cancer. According to WHO, in 2015, there were roughly 212 million malaria cases and an estimated 429, 000 malaria deaths.
So get this picture, death caused by lions, dogs, terrorism, cancer combined pale in comparison to death by just malaria alone.
So a little mosquito causes so much havoc. Just that little mosquito.
That little habit could be the killer of your relationship. That habit of being unappreciative. That nagging habit. That smoking habit. That drinking habit. That womanizing habit. That gossiping habit. That shouting habit. It’s time you kill that little fly before it kills your love life.
Are you aware that the name ‘mosquito’ is from a Spanish word meaning ‘little fly’?
Neither do I…..
5. Clap your hands o ye people: I don’t know about you but sometimes I feel mosquitoes intentionally sing in your ears so you could try killing them and when you miss, you end up unintentionally applauding them for their effort in making horrendous and annoying ‘music’.
How often do we appreciate our partners? We have become too familiar with our spouses that we take them for granted.
When last did you thank your husband for bringing money for food? It’s his responsibility to provide but it’s also your responsibly to appreciate and encourage him.
When last did you appreciate your wife for her efforts in taking care of the children? It’s her duty alright but it’s also your duty to appreciate and encourage her.
When last did you speak words of encouragement to your children for their good behavior and good grades?
Do we get too ‘familiar’ with each other that we take one another for granted?
Don’t get caught up in that web of over familiarity.
6. The flowers: As we pointed out at the beginning of this article, female mosquitoes are the ones that bite and suck blood. Male mosquitoes on the other hand don’t need blood so they instead feast on flowers. I’m sure they take some of those flowers to their blood sucking wives as a sign of love..lol
Talking about flowers, how often do you serenade your woman with surprise dinners, gifts, paying for something she wants? It mustn’t be only on her birthday or Valentine’s day you know? Just be attentive. She admires a shoe in a magazine, buy it, wrap it and bring it home. Get her expensive designer undies. Buy her a new phone when hers keeps visiting the phone repairers shop too often. Cook for her. Serenade your woman, dammit.
Take a cue from Adam whose first words after seeing Eve were “bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh”. Adam knew how to serenade his woman, don’t be a waste.
7. Stop breathing: Mosquitoes detect carbon dioxide in the air, so the more you breathe, the more likely you are to become a blood meal. Carbon dioxide clues the mosquitoes in to the presence of a living, breathing, blood-pumping animal nearby. Once they sense it, mosquitoes usually fly in a zigzag pattern through the CO2 plume until they locate the source. So to avoid mosquito bites, stop breathing. lol
There is one thing without which a relationship is destined for the pages of history; lack of trust. So what’s the carbon dioxide (fuel) for lack of trust?
Let me introduce you to these three evil brothers: Gossip, Hearsay and Rumors.
To protect your relationship, maintain your trust and keep your sanity, stay away from gossip mongers. You know those that always have an opinion of people’s relationship issues, those that will always see your boyfriend with another girl, those that will always sense that your boo has another boo. Stay away from these parasitic human beings, they have a way of making you even suspicious of yourself.
So there you have it.
Seven ways mosquitoes are the best relationship advisers ever