This is the Day…Friday
September 18, 2020
Tick City, USA
The summer of 1976 was a special time for me. I was sixteen years old. I finally had my driver’s license and was enjoying being one of the older, more experienced Boy Scouts.
In honor of the Bi-centennial celebration that summer, several of the scouts decided to go on a special hiking trip near July 4th. Our hike would take us through Kings Mountain and the battle ground area and end at the Broad River which flows under Interstate 85 going south. It was approximately a thirty mile hike each way.
I packed my knapsack meticulously for our trip. I made sure I had everything I would need because I wanted to be a good example for the younger scouts to follow since I was now considered to be the camping guru.
The first night of the hike we camped on Kings Mountain which is a small mountain just south of Gastonia. The next day was a brutally hot July day. We were all struggling to walk while carrying sixty pounds of supplies on our backs. At about 4 PM, we were just past the town of Kings Mountain and absolutely worn out.
Finding a safe place to camp was difficult on the side roads near the interstate. However, we finally came upon a beautiful field. It was a large field with very few trees but covered with tall weeds. There was some discussion regarding how suitable the field was for camping. Some said the weeds would be a good barrier for us and others said there might be snakes or other creatures. But, since I was now an older more experienced scout, (And too tired to walk anymore) I gave my “expert” opinion. “This field will be perfect,” I said. “Let’s set up camp.”
That night we slept in our tents and awoke about 6 AM the following morning. I came out of my tent with no shirt on and immediately another scout shouted, “What are all those spots on your back?” Evidently, we had camped in a field FULL of ticks. I am not just talking about a tick here or there. This field was the source of all ticks in the world! If you have ever had a tick on you, it probably came from this field! They were everywhere!
For the next 2 hours, we pulled ticks off each other. Before I quit counting, over fifty ticks had been pulled out of my back and legs. From that day forward, that place has been known as “Tick City, USA.” Consequently, I lost my title as the camping guru.
It is difficult when you awaken one day and realize you have allowed things to attach to your life that are not healthy. And there are some things much worse than ticks. Guilt, unforgiveness, negative relationships, and worry are all things that can rob your joy and waste your days.
But the Scriptures tell us, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, His good, pleasing, and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)
The pattern of this world can really get under your skin. On this day God has given you, be transformed and pull off some of those destructive things that have attached to your life.