Did you know that grasshoppers are usually loners?

But every now and then – when there is drought followed by rapid vegetation growth – serotonin in their brains triggers a dramatic set of changes. They start to breed abundantly, they become social. They form bands of wingless nymphs which turn into swarms of winged adults. Both the belly-crawling bands of nymphs and the swarms of winged adults rapidly wipe out crops.

When they are solitary and innocuous, they are called grasshoppers. When they are banded together and destructive, they are called locusts.

I didn’t know that until I started prepping to teach Joel tomorrow night.

The book begins with destruction, an army of locusts. What the nymphs didn’t eat, the winged adults did…

Wake up you drunkards, there are no grapes for wine, no grain for alcohol, no crops at all.

But then in chapter 2 God promises His people “abundant showers,
both autumn and spring rains.”

He promises “their threshing floors will be filled with grain;
their vats will overflow with new wine and oil.”

And then He gives the promise to which many a stripped-bare and devastated soul has clung; to which I have clung:

“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten.”

And I think of my friend, who is asleep at my house again tonight.

And I pray.


*Locust info taken from


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