Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.

Unwanted Visitors in Life


Do you have bats in your life? No, I’m not asking if you are bats. (I don’t really want to know. Snicker.)

I’m wondering if you have things in your life you’d just as soon not have hanging around. Things you aren’t real proud of that scare, surprise or even shock you.

If you do, how do you respond to them?

This bat died of old age. We didn't hurt him.

This bat died of old age. We didn’t hurt him.

We have REAL bats at my office. You know, those little rats with wings? Yes, bats are good for the environment, they eat bugs, but they aren’t really great in the work place, if you get my drift.

Bat crawling in the hallway.

Bat crawling in the hallway.

We have some people at our office who panic when one crawls into their sight. If the little mammal is crawling up the hall (yes, that’s unnerving!) and these women are fifteen feet away at their desks, they’ll close their doors and block all the cracks and openings until the little bugger is gone. (I’m not sure if they’re covering their necks or not.)

If others of us pick up a paper towel or move a chair, and there’s a bat hiding there, we SHRIEK!  drop whatever we moved and run for the hills. (Notice, I’m not naming any names here–especially mine!)

Bat toes under a paper towel.

Bat toes under a paper towel.

Someone in the office (not me) will calmly get a paper towel, gently pick the little guys up and take them away.

We’ve tried several ways to get rid of them. A year or two ago, we had someone come and close up any tiny hole they might get into. (Last year we only had one bat that I can think of.) But with the heat and lack of rain, the hole filler must have shrunk and we’ve got unwanted visitors again.

We’ve talked to pest control people, but they aren’t the answer. We haven’t found live bat traps.

Bat hanging around.

Bat hanging around.

So yesterday I went to the feed store and bought something that G-Man and I used to get rid of squirrels in his dad’s attic. It smells really bad, so the critters are supposed to leave. (Worked on squirrels.)

I put the stuff out–but it really does smell. And since people work in the office and they don’t like the smell any better than bats do, it might not be a long term answer. But if we can get the bats to leave, we can close up those holes again. Maybe permanently.

Sometime last night, I got to thinking about bats at the office and sins in our lives. Did you ever have anything that you thought you’d gotten rid of only to have it come crawling back up the hall of your mind again?

Or have you ever been rocking along, doing pretty well when you move something and (shriek!) there’s that sin! Again!!!

I’m not telling you how to fix it (Gotta take care of my beam before I can help with your splinter.) but I know the Man Who can get rid of them.

Give your bats (your sins) to Him (after all, He already paid for them) then close up the holes and stay close up to Him. It’s the only way to be batless. 🙂

So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet. — James 7-10 The Message

Author: Susan Shay

For as long as I can remember, I've loved two things--reading and people--and that led me to become a writer. Many of my stories are set in Small Town Worlds. I'm a wife, mother, sibling and an aunt. I have a deep faith in God, and an exciting life in Christ. Maybe I shouldn't be (after all, he's God!) but I'm constantly amazed at the things He's up to. :)

5 thoughts on “Unwanted Visitors in Life

  1. Proverbs 3:5-6

    King James Version (KJV)

    5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

    6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

    Did you ever think if we really believed and trusted, He would take care of the “bat” fear? 🙂 Not preaching, just a thought.

    • I’ve actually thought that about a number of subjects. Tornados. Bats. Snakes. Illnesses. Surgeries. Scorpions. Lots of things that I have gut reactions to that don’t spotlight my faith.
      It makes me sad that after all these years, I still struggle with bats.
      BTW: Preach all you want. I love it.

      • No preaching from me Lady, just reinforcing what little scripture I have read and it stuck. 🙂
        I did remember what you reminded me of what I forgot? Does that compute through my keyboard? Hope so.

        The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Cousin, etc. availeth much. Didn’t quote James, but you get the idea.
        Now I’m off to work in local flower beds before nasty Oklahoma heat takes over this full figgered body. But I will get the “Rest of The Story” of James 5:16 on keyboard soon. 🙂

        • Ooops, I had to read obits before I started out into local flower beds and that lead to funeral homes and that lead to posting recent death of local Lady to a Facebook group and that lead back to reading more posts on Facebook and that lead back to another cup of coffee and that lead back to Facebook and that caused me to read posting from Facebook Friend, I’ve never met, but did go to school with his Mother and that lead me to post what he posted cause it reminded me of what I was gonna share with you, but because of limited time, I’ll just post what he posted and believe that this long sentence will be okay on your blog. Whew. 🙂 Are you ready? Here is his posting;

          “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. James 5:16”

          Not sure I’m gonna confess my sins to anyone, but God knows them already. 😦 But the second part of James 5:16 still working wonders.

          I’m gone this time. 🙂

          • You know, Larry, if you ever run out of gardens to do your magic on, there are probably some pulpits that could use your help. You do a great job.
            Ps: Yup, yup and yup. (agreeing.)

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