The swarming witness of cicadas

Karen Swallow Prior

June 10, 2013

17 years of sleep. and then on to find a mate in the last few weeks of life? Wow, no pressure, huh? But as you say, Karen, "They only sing, copulate and leave their discarded, decaying bodies on the ground where they nourish the trees they so lately ascended." That's not a bad life for a bug.

And on the vast variety of beetles (or cicadas) as evidence of God's creativity, I'm reminded of Chesterton's observation: <i>"Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, 'Do it again'; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, 'Do it again' to the sun; and every evening, 'Do it again' to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we."</i>


Karen Swallow Prior
June 11, 2013

That passage from Chesterton is one of my favorites, Tim. Very appropriate here! Thank you.

Esther Aspling
June 12, 2013

You can look at many artists and see an area that they like to 'fiddle' in. They make numerous varieties of the same thing. My daughter draws and manga characters. She has her beloved ones and then she has the dozens of new ones she creates just for fun. At the end of the day though, she devotes most of her attention to her beloved.


Steven Bush
August 11, 2016

I see the emergence of the 144K Israelites in the last days like the Cicadas. They emerge at once with a loud witness of salvation to whosoever will hear.

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