Linda Wood Rondeau

Snark & Sensibility

IT'S WHAT THEY DO
4/17/2016 12:00:01 AM by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

it’s what they do 

(image by Fox News)

If you’re a male cicada, you’ll scream for a mate. It’s what you do. Might make a good commercial for a noted insurance company.

According to Fox News article Cicadas are back after 17 years buried underground. 

They’re probably the most annoying insect I’d ever encountered.

This is the year they will once again emerge from the ground, their sole purpose for this short span to procreate then die.

Supposedly, other than being the noisiest and most annoying of insect invasions, they are harmless.

I remember the last invasion I witnessed in 1999. They carpeted every inch of lawn, clung to trees, fences and anything else that shared a surface with them. They’re large and they shed their exoskeleton so their remains are everywhere, too.

Before moving to Florida, I lived in Northern New York, and for a few years, along the St. Lawrence River, where for two weeks in June the shad flies were as thick as a snow blizzard. They too were relatively harmless except they liked to clog things up. Smaller than a housefly, you needed to wear a mask so you didn’t inhale them. Once they finished swarming, they were gone.

Cicadas follow a similar pattern but are a different breed. For one thing they’re much larger. Every seventeen years they emerge just to procreate and die. Their chirps resemble screams as the males cry out for females. In 1999, I’d never experienced anything like it before, a deafening noise, and the crunch of bugs wherever you walked.

Yet, I was fascinated by the phenomenon. I thought, their sole purpose of creation is to make noise for their Creator.

The Bible says that if we fail to praise God, even the rocks will cry out. Everything that is, was, and will be, comes from God. All creation is a testament to His greatness. All creatures praise Him in their own peculiar way simply by existing as God intended them to exist.

 Luke 19: 37-40 (KJV) And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

Prayer:  May my existence, the simple life I live according in the peculiar way you have made me, sing forth to your Glory. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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