If it Ain’t Ticks, It’s Fleas


Have you ever felt like if it isn’t one thing it’s another?

My girlfriend loves to say, “If it ain’t ticks, it’s fleas!” In other words, it’s the small stuff that sometimes get us down.

Just those annoying little things that seem to pile up. An ache here, a pair of shoes in the living room, dishes not done, school projects that are not completed, no gas in the car, in-grown toenail, ran out of butter,…you get my drift.

When I was in nursing school, I remember my psych teacher telling us a story. There was a women attending a women’s church meeting. As she sat there, she started to think about what to fix for dinner. She thought, “I guess Macaroni and Cheese, AGAIN!” All of a sudden, she jumped up and down several times crying out, “Mac and Cheese, Mac and Cheese!! I can’t fix Mac and Cheese one more time!” (Unfortunately the reason my psych instructor knew this story was the poor lady ended up being hospitalized.)

Don’t let the ticks and fleas get you down!!

Have you ever felt like this and wanted to scream, “I just can’t ________ one more time!!!”

It may be something ever so simple as Mac and Cheese…

Many of us can handle the HUGE challenges of our lives; we immediately seek God when a tragedy occurs. It’s those annoying fleas that get us.


Possibly because we try to handle the small stuff on our own.


Dealing with the mundane small stuff can be overwhelming.

Do you pray about the mundane?

I do!

Some of the crazy things I pray about:

  • Getting jewelry clasp to connect
  • Parking space
  • Finding the best bag of salad, green pepper, bananas, tomatoes, etc.
  • Redeeming my time (imagine how late I would be if I didn’t pray this prayer!!)

Crazy, huh?

I just find myself reaching out to God in a conversation about the big and the small.

In the past, I sort of had God up on a “shelf” and only took Him down so to speak when the issue was a BIG one. I never thought about talking to Him about the everyday hum-drum activities I faced daily.

Then I realized He wants to hear about those simple things in my life. When our boys were young we’d ask them about their day at school. I didn’t want to just hear “It was good.”Or worse, “Nothing.”  I really wanted to know what occurred… even if it was “I played basketball and I got the ball in the hoop.” I didn’t want to have them wait until things are not good and then come to me. Same with God.

Just as we as parents want to be involved in the mundane, God is also interested in what is going on in my life and yours.

Obviously He is well aware you need a parking space, your feet ache from arthritis, the house needs to be cleaned, etc. But talk to Him about it… It’s okay to discuss the day-to-day issues with God.

If you do, you might find your days are more at peace. Notice I said “AT” peace. Different than peaceful. Ticks and fleas may turn into heart-worms so to speak. God wants us to be in constant conversation with Him so when the heart-worms appear we are already in a deep and rich relationship with Him.

“Rejoice always, PRAY WITHOUT CEASING, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Why do I believe He is interested? He told us so.

“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”  (Matthew 6:26)

Are there ticks and fleas in your life? Have you turned them over to God? If not, try talking to God about your simple frustrations, don’t wait for the tsunami to hit.

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Blessings, Susan

Susan Werthem is a Bible study leader, speaker and author.

She takes the Word of God and shares His truth in a humorous, unique and insightful way.

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2 thoughts on “If it Ain’t Ticks, It’s Fleas

  1. Thank you for writing this wonderful article. I always say ‘if it ain’t ticks it’s fleas’’ My best friend told me that years ago and it stuck as a way to describe to people how if it’s not one thing, it’s another. I love the analogy of how these ticks and fleas can turn into heart worms if we don’t deal with them and that yes, God is interested in hearing about the mundane just as we, as parents, want to engage with our kids that way. Thank you again! What a blessing.


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