My cats would not leave the pantry alone and I couldn’t figure out what was intriguing them so much about cases of bottled water. I moved the cases out and found two flattened frogs on the ground.
Flattened, like they’d been dead for a very long time.
Flattened, like dehydrated beef jerky.
Flattened, like smashed, dried, and brittle.
I was totally grossed out to think that these two frogs were once alive in my pantry. More than that, I was grossed out to think about how long they had to hang out in order to become so flattened!
As I cleaned up frog carcasses, I reflected on the passage in Exodus, when the Lord sent frogs (through Moses and Aaron) to catch the attention of Pharaoh. Imagine frogs being all over your body and your house. Imagine them on your family members and your friends. Imagine them taking over the kitchen and being in your ovens and bread bowls!?!?!?! That would certainly have gotten my attention!
I’m grateful that the Lord hasn’t sent hordes of frogs to my house to get my attention, but I imagine that He gets frustrated when I don’t pay attention…or worse become deliberately disobedient. I’d argue that God uses other tactics to get my attention.
Some of those tactics include:
-Feeling convicted by the Word or a sermon
-Lack of peace
-Stormy days (ie: work, relationships, finances)
-Hitting a rock bottom AKA: a road to Damascus Moment
-Unusual or unexpected blessings
Even if you aren’t picking up flattened frogs in the pantry, I urge you to conduct some self-reflection about how God is getting your attention. Are you listening? Or do you need to have the frogs sent in?
Exodus 8:2-14 (ESV)
But if you refuse to let them go, behold, I will plague all your country with frogs. The Nile shall swarm with frogs that shall come up into your house and into your bedroom and on your bed and into the houses of your servants and your people, and into your ovens and your kneading bowls. The frogs shall come up on you and on your people and on all your servants. And the Lord said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Stretch out your hand with your staff over the rivers, over the canals and over the pools, and make frogs come up on the land of Egypt!’” So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land of Egypt. But the magicians did the same by their secret arts and made frogs come up on the land of Egypt. Then Pharaoh called Moses and Aaron and said, “Plead with the Lord to take away the frogs from me and from my people, and I will let the people go to sacrifice to the Lord.” Moses said to Pharaoh, “Be pleased to command me when I am to plead for you and for your servants and for your people, that the frogs be cut off from you and your houses and be left only in the Nile.” And he said, “Tomorrow.” Moses said, “Be it as you say, so that you may know that there is no one like the Lord our God. The frogs shall go away from you and your houses and your servants and your people. They shall be left only in the Nile.” So, Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh, and Moses cried to the Lord about the frogs, as he had agreed with Pharaoh. And the Lord did according to the word of Moses. The frogs died out in the houses, the courtyards, and the fields. And they gathered them together in heaps, and the land stank.