I bet you're wondering who our little friend here is. Isn't he cute (or not)? I found him crawling on our back door and went to get my camera. This is a Stink Bug, so called because if he fears any harm, he releases a strong bad smell. Putting up a big stink is his defense. There are over 200 different species throughout the world, and they were origionally found in East Asia. These bugs are in Sweden, too, and my friend Monica found one and posted some pictures on her blog today. CLICK HERE to see them. Her blogs are wonderful, whimsical, and have some very pretty views of Sweden. Mr. Stinky is a sturdy bug, and can withstand most pesticides. He almost looks like he's wearing armour, see? Because of this effect, and because of his shape, he is also called Shield Bug. But he is just a pretender to the name, here is our real shield.
"As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. " 2 Samuel 22:31
"We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you." Psalm 33:20,22