Life of a Locust
This four inch brown adult landed on Cathy's hand. We were in the Karoo of Africa when he appeared. I happened to have the camera in my hand when he landed.
Cathy was unfazed and began to marvel at this creation of God. Once they turn brown they look for others to establish a group. When groups combine it forms a swarm.
These insects eat their weight in vegetation every day! They can move up to one-hundred miles in a day. A swarm can cover many miles. They are in the ground for around twenty years and emerge after a rain. There is no other who responds like the locust. When he is born he is flightless and has to crawl along the ground. It will shed its skin five times until it becomes a full adult.
They follow the wind and gather in the billions. They consume everything in its path. It is a great spectacle to behold. They can plunge a country into famine due to their nature. Crops can be devastated!
God used this unexplained mystery in the book of Exodus to persuade the Egyptians to release the Hebrew people from slavery. It is also found in Revelation 9. It was called a plague! Such a small insect can do so much.
God's creativity can take your breath away. Look around you today and see God's handiwork in your community. You may be surprised with what you find.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
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Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.