Memorial for a Bug

He will deliver you . . .
from the deadly pestilence.
           —Psalm 91:3

“In profound appreciation of the Boll Weevil and what it has done as the herald of prosperity, this monument was erected by the citizens of Enterprise, Coffee County, Alabama.” So reads the inscription on the base of a statue in Enterprise, Alabama.

Why did the citizens of Enterprise build a memorial to honor an insect that decimated the cotton industry? Because the devastation caused farmers to seek a better cash crop to replace cotton—peanuts.

Seeming disaster can be a catalyst for change and improvement when adversity is faced with resolve.

Sometimes catastrophe invades your life—physical, emotional, or financial. As hard as it is to accept, in hindsight it may be a blessing. Paul advised rejoicing instead of weeping: “Rejoice in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope” (Rom 5:3–4).

Get creative in replacing a
loss with something better.

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