What Weevils Taught Me

With the loss of Domingo’s job three weeks ago, we’ve been working hard to save money in every area we can.

 

There are moments when I feel panicky thinking about how we will fulfill all our obligations. Moments when I feel scared.

 

Last week, I went in the kitchen to make some dinner. I decided to make some brown rice and veggies. As soon as I opened the cupboard, I knew there was something the matter. There was a strange smell. Then I noticed something small and black move.

 

It took me only a few more moments to realize that there was some sort of bug infestation happening in my kitchen.

 

I slammed the cupboard shut and headed into the living room to investigate with my friend Google.

 

Meet weevils.

 

weevil

 

It’s super appropriate that “evil” is in their name. Because that’s exactly what they are.

 

They are a bug that hatches on grains. And feasts on grains. And they were in my grains. My brown rice, to be specific. They can even get through paper and plastic.

 

This might be a great time to remind you that I stockpile.

 

As in.. lots of grains in my cupboard.

 

After identifying the problem, I started researching how to get rid of them.

 

{Throw out the offending food, vacuum, scrub with vinegar water and then spritz the area with tea tree oil. We also ended up checking every single thing in the cupboards and then transferring everything into plastic storage bins to prevent a future problem.}

 

When I headed back into the kitchen, it was with tears in my eyes. All I could think about was the wasted food and the lack of funds to replace it.

 

As I was starting to throw out the infested bags, I heard the Lord speak clearly to my heart.

 

“Haven’t I taken care of you before?”

 

Yes. Yes, He has.

 

At times, our circumstances seem dire in the natural. Lack of funds, lack of healing.

 

Lack.

 

But those are the circumstances in the natural. God has such big, amazing things for us. I was reminded again to trust Him. To claim His blessings over my life and over my family. To not believe what I see in the natural, but to speak the word of truth.Β In the end, our security isn’t in bags of grain, stockpiles or anything else on earth — it’s in Him. So that’s what weevils taught me.

 

About Layne Quintanilla

I'm a Child of God, wife, frugal home school mama, and blogger. Living each day intentionally & full of joy!

19 Responses to What Weevils Taught Me

  1. Dina May 17, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    God does provide! Praying for your sweet family friend!

  2. Sandy Cain May 17, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

    How wonderful. This post brought tears to my eyes. So often we worry about everything, and forget to thank our Father for His blessings. I learned (the HARD way!), that’s it’s better to give our trust to Him – He does know best. “Let go and let God” – He has a way of providing. God bless you and your wonderful family!! (and yes, even the weevils). All things serve the Lord!

    • Layne Quintanilla May 18, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

      Thank you, Sandy! There is a blessing in everything — and a lesson to be learned! πŸ™‚

  3. Beanybopp May 18, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    So sorry to hear about the job. I know how it feels. My husband lost his job while I was 7 months pregnant (thankfully only for 3 weeks). He is union and because of miscommunication he had “pointed out” and had to fight for his job back. Luckily, he got it back but had to tip-toe a lot before his points went back down. Those 3 weeks were HORRIBLE!!

    I have also gone through a bug issue. The one night, before it was cold enough for the heat to be turned on, I felt something crawl on me while I was on the couch. I got up and saw roach! OMG! Yes! We caught it and took it to our landlord who was like “Oh that is just a waterbug”, I was relieved until I came back to our apartment and my husband said that a waterbug is a roach! AHH!! I am a very clean person (which apparently that doesn’t matter) and to see a roach it just AHH!! I freaked, went out and bought traps and put everything in plastic bags!

    I called Erlich and a tech came out. He explained to me that waterbugs only live in cold wet places like sewers and most likely just followed our pipes inside. Also that most places are infested with them (like towns) but since they do not carry anything bad, like the German cockroach, that most people just live with them since they mainly stay out of the way. What a relief! He did a full inspection for my benefit without charge and told me that everything is clean and that if it was him, he would not spray (which was almost $300) since it was only that one (they live outside also) that made it’s way inside. For weeks, I checked for any signs of ANYTHING and nothing! *sigh* I was soooo relieved!! Now I have to worry about spiders…they have been getting worse each year with the mild winter…I’m working on a repellant with lemon oil to spray at our door and air conditioners to hopefully get rid of them. I can kill them if I NEED to but I prefer someone else to do it. I do it while my husband is at work because I do not want any of our cats or our son to get bit.

    As for the weevils, I have never seen an adult. My mom told me that if grains/flour/etc naturally have weevil eggs in them? Eww….and that if they get warm enough they will hatch. I have had this happen once when we didnt have air conditioning (when we first moved out on our own) and it was hot as anything in our house. I had to throw out everything and was upset about having to throw away “good” food esp when we did not have money to go out and just replace them. My experiences are only a taste of what you are/have gone through and I’m sorry that you have to go through all of this!! I hope things start looking up for you soon!!

    • Layne Quintanilla May 18, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

      Ahhh! I can’t imagine having one CRAWL over me! YUCK!! We have also dealt with house centipedes and let me tell you.. they made me reach a new level of paranoia. I check everything, just in case a bug is in it!

      God is opening new doors for us already and I am SO blessed by the time together that we haven’t had in over two years. It’s worth counting all those pennies! πŸ™‚

      Thanks for stopping by and for your encouraging words! πŸ™‚

  4. Amy Bailor June 13, 2013 at 5:35 am #

    When we stock up on any grains we usually put them in ziplock bags and in the freezer. We had them in Mac and cheese and in flour before. ALL my extra flour in in freezer bags in freezer……Hope everything gets better for you soon. ( :

    • Layne Quintanilla June 13, 2013 at 10:39 am #

      I heard about the freezer trick as well! I have a five pound bag of rice in there now! πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by, Amy!

  5. simone dueck June 18, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

    Hi Layne,
    I saw one of your recipes on pinterest and I think I have ADHD because I ended up on this life lesson…always from God. Thanks I needed it right now. It was a good reminder for me…

    • Layne Quintanilla June 18, 2013 at 11:24 pm #

      I’m glad you found it in that case! He certainly can use the most random things to teach us great lessons! πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by, Simone! I hope you’ll be back soon!

  6. Rachel June 21, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    What an amazing story! Thank you so much for sharing. I needed this today πŸ™‚

    • Layne Quintanilla June 21, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

      You’re welcome – thank you for reading it! πŸ™‚

  7. Ellen June 21, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    I’ve just started reading your blog. When things start going wrong, it seems any other thing makes you break… but I’m praying for you and your family. You are such an encouragement for others going through trials with your positive attitude. Maybe the timing in this loss of job was good for your marriage since you got to spend more time together. It’s amazing how God uses our situations that seem to be bad at the time, for good. Praying that God will supply your needs. We know He will. πŸ™‚ God bless.

    • Layne Quintanilla June 21, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

      Thank you so much for your encouragement, Ellen! The last week has been a whirlwind of really cool things happening, which is so exciting! God truly has our best interest in mind always.. sometimes it’s hard to see in the middle of a “mess”. I hope you’ll by again soon! πŸ™‚

  8. chelsea July 10, 2013 at 11:58 pm #

    Thanks for sharing. God is faithful, and your story is more proof of how he gets us to trust him in all things.

  9. Tara at Hill House Rock July 13, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    Wow, I have had very similar experiences. We were nearly homeless way back in 2007 — my husband’s teaching job ended and the recession was in full swing. I remember weeks we had literally $10-$15 for groceries for the week. It was such a test of faith for us, but God sustained us. He kept providing for us. I cannot tell you how, that is the mystery and beauty of our Lord, but He just kept on taking care of us.

    Fast forward several years to 2013, we are in the best financial place we’ve ever been. I pray that I never forget our struggles though, as they made us more compassionate, faithful people. Praying for your family!

    Blessings,

    Tara
    http://hillhouserock.com
    Twitter: @hillhouserock
    Facebook: Hill House Rock

    • Layne Quintanilla July 16, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

      Thank you for sharing your story, Tara! I hope your wonderful blessings continue!

  10. Michelle S August 18, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    Thanks for sharing! It’s amazing when we can learn from things that happen to us. I agree that God will provide – it’s just sometimes we lack the faith to believe.