Saturday, 30 March 2013

A Bug's Life

Most of my family and friends would know how much I hate bugs, bordering on phobia for some select species such as cockroaches. Truth be told, I wouldn't lose a night's sleep if the entire Class Insecta was exterminated (although I've been told it throws the ecosystem balance completely off centre, that mankind may be doomed etc. Whatever).

Anyway, the reason I mentioned it is because, ironically, they're everywhere here in South Sudan! They drop from the branches above or the ceiling into your hair, get in your food, and causes things to go literally bump in the night as the bigger ones bang on my room door in an effort to get to the light inside (in a spirit of denial, I just hide inside my mosquito-net-covered bed).

As for the pic, please observe the fly inside the black circle feasting on a newly excised HUGE breast fibroadenoma. The whole operation took place under ketamine sedation and without any muscle relaxation, so you can imagine how tricky it became at times. Which, as you can tell, means the surgical field is less than sterile for most of the procedure. I'm trying to figure out if there are ways to at least reduce the insect population inside the operating suite, if nowhere else!

As we celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ this Easter, let us remember how He made it possible for us to know God and be known by God.

1 Corinthians 15:51-58 "Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed - in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: 'Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?' The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."

What hope is there in life without the assurance of His salvation? O happy day, when we finally meet Him face to face, and be freed from this mortal existence! Truly, "to live is Christ, and to die is gain" (Philippians 1:21).

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