What is this? With a WAIT, I found out.

What is this?

I saw this on the outside wall of our house toward the end of last year. I had a suspicion, but I needed to WAIT to see if I was correct. When a bird attempted to peck that very spot, I believed I was right. To protect it from harm, we covered the area with paper, hoping this would hide it from attracting more inquisitive visitors.

After our months-long WAIT, we saw this.

Look!

Do you see it?

Here’s a closer view.

After we waited patiently, this little nymph appeared, followed by a few more over a span of a couple of weeks.

Yes, a praying mantis baby!

Several months earlier, I’d watched an adult praying mantis climbing along the exterior of our house. A few days later, I noticed the odd thing stuck to the wall. I guessed it was an egg sack, but needed to WAIT for the reveal…..in God’s perfect timing.

The WAIT seemed appropriate for 2022 since WAIT is my 2022 One Word. I needed a reminder of His timing, His plan and His miracles.

But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. ~~Romans 8:25 (KJV)

There still remain things I’m waiting on this year, but these seeing these tiny creatures finally emerge provide encouragement for all things I’m waiting for in 2022. With the instruction to faithfully “trust in the Lord” because His plans for believers are good, we have the promise of hopeful outcomes in our situations.

I do admit I need reminders to keep my trust in God during the uncertainty and challenges facing us all…..leaving worry and fear behind. Are you waiting for something? I pray you are comforted by the promise He will reveal His perfect plan for you……at just the right time.

With blessings,

Sherida

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6 Responses to “What is this? With a WAIT, I found out.”

  1. Jill Weatherholt Says:

    I need those reminders too, Sherida. This sweet little praying mantis is the perfect encouraging sign! I’m happy you rescued it.

  2. Sherida Stewart Says:

    Yes, Jill, it was exciting to see all the little guys emerge…..worth the wait for God’s perfect timing! Thanks for your comment. YOU are always an encouragement! Blessings!

  3. Laura Conner Kestner Says:

    Thank you for such a thought-provoking post, Sherida. Thanks for the reminder that God’s timing is perfect. Btw, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a praying mantis that small.

  4. Sherida Stewart Says:

    Yes, Laura….so tiny. I was thrilled to see them. Now I’ll WAIT and search for adults later this summer. Thank you for your kind comment. My One Word for 2022 has turned out to be a good reminder when I get impatient or start to worry. Hope all is well out your way! Blessings to you!

  5. Tina Radcliffe Says:

    This is sooo cool. I have never noticed it before. Now I’m looking. And an excellent parable.

  6. Sherida Stewart Says:

    Thanks, Tina! I was curious…..and loved finding out what was on the wall. Our Southwest stucco is a good hiding place. I’m on the lookout for more. Good luck to you as you search for them…..great for gardens! Blessings to you!

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