The Cicadas Are Here!

“And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds; the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so.” Genesis 1:24

Not a very pretty creation, but a unique, interesting one, a cicada. My daughter says they are prehistoric looking.

This week’s blog is going to be different. The cicadas have invaded! I don’t have much experience with cicadas and am totally amazed at this unique and bizarre creation. So I just have to share. I did some research after this “auditory” takeover of the forest around us. I have to admit my first thought for a verse for this week was Exodus 10:4-5. You guessed it, the plague of locusts in Egypt!

But, cicadas are not locusts; they don’t eat leaves or green plants. I have discovered that these current cicadas have a 17-year lifespan! No wonder I don’t remember them very well. The last visit was in 2003. I’ve lived in the south for 40 years but never surrounded by the woods quite like this. Our God has given these insects the instincts to know when it is the right time to become adults. Our God is the amazing Creator!

The cicada lifespan in summary. The adult males make all the noise to attract the females. They only have 5 to 6 weeks to find their mate. The female lays the eggs in a groove she has dug in a tree branch. The egg hatches and the small white nymph feeds on the tree fluids. When the young cicada is ready it falls to the ground and burrows underneath where it will feed on the liquid in tree roots for the next 17 years. They wait for the right time, then burrow out of the ground and climb a tree or post or anything to get up off the ground. And then they thrust out of their nymph exoskeleton. The adult waits for its wings to fill with fluid and its new exoskeleton to harden. It then flies away, to make its beautiful song and to find a mate.

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Now that I have bored you with my “newfound” amazing creation, let’s look at what we can glean from this about God and our relationship with Him. My first lesson is that I need to be patient and wait on the Lord. If this creation can wait 17 years to become its best, then so can I. I am still a “nymph” learning and serving and waiting for the Lord’s timing, not mine. The other thing that comes to mind is that the “thrumming” noise is constant, it ebbs and strengthens, but is always there. Just like God is always with us.

This week, is there one of God’s marvelous creations that has taught you a lesson about our God, our Lord? Or one creature that simply reminds you that we have a wonderful, amazing Creator? Please share as a comment so that we can all see God in His unique and amazing creation.

I thank God for each of you! And I thank you for joining me this week as I share my experience with God’s unique and patient creation.

Blessings as you discover God in His creation!

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