We’re learning a new pastime around here. I call it “cicada stomping,” though the rules allow you to use tools other than your feet. While stomping a cicada on the sidewalk is great fun, it’s also rather enjoyable to zap the smarmy beasts with a bug zapper. Basically, the goal of the game is to destroy as many Brood X cicadas as you can. The prize? The satisfaction of knowing you’re doing your small part to help your community 17 years from now.
If you aren’t experiencing the Brood X phenomenon right now, consider yourself extremely blessed. These creatures are so noisy. They start in with their swarming and buzzing around 8:00 AM and don’t stop until the sun sets and the air cools. I’ve read that their noise can reach 100 decibels. They screech at you while they’re flying. They dive-bomb and attack you. Oh, and they have red eyes. Red, creepy, watching eyes! In short, they are unpleasant beings and I am thankful they only make an appearance for 6 weeks every 17 years.
I wish I had a spiritual application for you today, but I don’t. Unless you want to compare them to the locusts of Revelation 9, but as much as I despise these cicadas, that would be a completely inaccurate comparison. The only similarity I can see is that it’s obvious these cicadas do originate from the very depths of the pit.
Well, while I try to drown out all the Brood X buzzing, why don’t you take a few moments to relax and enjoy your week in review (kind of):
- I had no idea what “Sabbath mode” was on appliances.
- So sad to hear of Gavin MacLeod’s passing. He was remarkable as Murray on MTM!
- Anyone else remember Popples?
- I haven’t listened to this yet, but am planning on it.
- Michael Kruger introduces us to an early summary of core Christian beliefs.
- Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
- It’s fascinating to me to dig into whether formal equivalent bible (i.e., “word-for-word”) translations are actually more accurate than others.
- Interesting (thanks, Paula).
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.Revelation 21:1-2 (BSB)