As some of you may know, I’m not very good at keeping fish alive. However, I have one fish who has of yet beaten the odds, and swims happily about her tank as we speak. But, because I’m totally paranoid that I’m going to kill her, any time I go into the kitchen I have to walk by the tank, just to make sure…
Last night, I walked by the tank, and she was being extraordinarily active – just swimming like mad all around, so I bent down and I was all, “Aw, what you so excited about little fishy?” and talked to her in my best fish voice – when suddenly, something at the top of the tank caught my eye. I looked closer.
It was a Ladybug.
Now, I didn’t take the time to take a picture, because it was drowning and looked quite unhappy, so instead I quickly scooped it out with a spoon and set on the leaf of a rosebush right outside my front door. But here’s a picture of the top of the tank, and I’d like you to notice one thing:
There’s a lid on it. It’s totally closed (the other side looks exactly the same). I have NO IDEA how a Ladybug could possibly have gotten into my fish tank at one o’clock in the morning, in November no less.
And when things that shouldn’t possibly be able to happen, happen, I’m inclined to take that as a sign.
I’m sure some people might shrug such an occurrence off as strange, or highly unlikely, and probably not take it as a sign. But I just can’t help thinking – what’s a Ladybug’s average lifespan in a fish tank? Probably not very long. How many minutes a day do I really spend hanging out with my fish? Probably about…2 total. What are the odds of a Ladybug getting into a closed fish tank in the first place? Unless you’re Ladybug MacGyver, probably pretty close to zero. So what are the chances that I would come along at the exact right time to save a crazy bug from certain death?
Obviously, I had to look up the meaning behind Ladybugs. And it turns out that it was a very good sign indeed!
In fact, the Ladybug is a symbol for luck, love, and protection. There is an traditional belief in some Asian cultures that if a caught Ladybug is released, it will fly to your true love and whisper your name in their ear, to bring you together. I sure like the sound of that!
The number of spots on a Ladybug’s back is said to indicate how many blessings are coming your way. The way they resolutely march in a straight line towards food or shelter symbolizes for us, the ability to let life unravel as it will, with the trust that things will end up exactly as they need to be, and without worry. Also, they are one beetle that has always been considered a good omen by farmers, because they control the aphid population – therefore they represent the power of protection, and the ability to keep the pests in our own life away.
So the next time you’re asking the universe for a sign, keep in mind that they often turn up in unexpected locations – like fish tanks.
How do you think the Ladybug managed to get into the fish tank? What was the last sign you received, that came from an unexpected place?