Sunday, June 14, 2015

More from Pine Cone Lodge: Locusts

Maybe a grasshopper in here somewhere?
Here is another page from Pine Cone Lodge, the devotional book I published this year for the kids in our church's Patch the Pirate Club.  This is another page concerning "little things" that teach us important lessons.  I should note also that in the actual devotional pages, the kids have blanks to fill in for some of the words in the Bible verses.  For the blog, I am just using the entire verse.

 “The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands.” 
 (Proverbs 30:27)

     Today’s verse tells us about another “little thing” that God’s Word says is “exceeding wise”.  Today’s verse talks about locusts.  A locust is a kind of grasshopper which is a very strong flyer. 
    Usually, locusts travel alone, but once in awhile they travel in big groups, called swarms.  When this happens, billions of locusts will suddenly appear out of nowhere.  The swarm of locusts looks just like a dark cloud.  There are so many of them and they are so closely packed together that it almost looks as if the sun has disappeared or the day has suddenly become night. 
 A swarm of locusts may travel up to 2000 miles!  When the locusts get to where they are going, they all swoop down at once.  Then they eat everything they can find -- grass, bushes, the leaves of trees, garden crops -- even wood.  They are very hungry because they don’t eat much at all while they are flying.  Our verse reminds us that the locusts don’t really have a king, or a leader, to tell them what to do.  But somehow they all know how to travel together, where to stop, and what to do when they get there.
One locust alone would not eat enough to do a lot of damage.  But when billions of them swarm together, they can eat as much grain as it would take to feed a whole city for one year. 
 One lesson we can learn from the locusts is how important it is to work together.  God wants us to work together with others in our families, our churches and in Patch the Pirate Club.  He doesn’t want each of us to go our own way.  He wants each Christian to grow in Him and to walk with Him each day.  But He also wants us to serve Him together in our families and churches and in Patch Club.  The monthly presentation of a song and skit would not go well if each sailor decided he or she did not need to work with others.  For a song or skit to go well, the sailors need to work together.  Christians can do much more for the Lord if they will work together cheerfully and do their best for Him.
*  Thank God for the object lessons about “little things” in Proverbs 30 and in other places in the Bible.  Ask Him to help you grow strong in Him.   Ask Him to help you work well with others as you serve Him together.  *

A good post for a Sunday, I think!

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