Last week several of us who have hosted the garden tour in the late spring, were invited to return to the early fall gardens of one host–– to “play in the dirt” and divide up some perennial favorites. Lucky me… I ended up with three large clumps of a handsome, healthy helleborus (Lenten Rose). Later, while admiring some of the stone-work around one of her flower beds–– a large grasshopper landed near us on a stone wall. I captured him (with my phone camera)… As kids, I remember we would delight when we captured one (with our hands)… and it would “spit tobacco” for us! Sigh…I also remember being disappointed later, to find out it wasn’t tobacco juice at all; it was just a natural self-defense response! The grasshopper that landed by us in Alloway is a Differential grasshopper and happens to be one of the largest species found here in South Jersey. He was easily identified by the very distinctive chevron markings on his large, femur jumping legs.
In the book of Isaiah, we read this poetic musing by the prophet–– in which he compares us to grasshoppers! Notice the parallel questions that are posed… “Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been declared to you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers… Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” (Isaiah 40:21-22, 28-31 NASB)
“Do you not know? Have you not heard” We may appear to be (and at times even feel like) nothing more than “grasshoppers” on the earth… but we’re called to rise above the mundane and mount up with wings like eagles–– in Christ! In Him, we are invited to exchange our weariness for walking by faith and our spiritual fatigue for His Spirit-filled strength. The choice is ours: grasshopper or eagle?
Waiting on Him… Pastor Daryle