Cicadas are here!!! After seventeen years of laying in the ground, cicada nymphs dug their way to the surface and crawled up to the trunk of our pecan tree to cling there to molt into winged adults. What child reared in the country hasn't put the "empty skins or shells" on their nose in that wonderful childhood expression of joy? (I remember the joy even now, don't you?)
Seeing these fascinating creatures, I thought of how we, like the cicada nymphs, have a time of "spiritual development" before we make our way out of the dirt and darkness into the sunlight and crawl our way to the support of a Strong Tree, where we attach our self until we can shed the "empty shell" of our former life and spread our "new wings" of spiritual maturity in Christ. The empty shells are all that remains as a reminder of our former life, with all the scars (notice the "tear" or "split" on the shell ) that are actually beneficial to complete the process of maturity!
We have left the darkness of our "grave" in the ground to emerge into the light and attach ourselves to the "Tree of Life", Jesus Christ, our Saviour! There we will be able to "mount up on wings of eagles" and soar! Resurrection! That is what our Saviour wants for us!
As I observed the cicadas on the pecan tree, I felt like this was the post for today. I don't know if it was meant for any particular reader, but if for no one else, it was for me! Thank you Lord for your creation and the way you speak to me!