Locusts, Storms and Other Trials

July 19, 2011 by  
Filed under Daily Devotions, Personal Growth

By Hally Franz –

The natural chaos taking place in my yard, and many others throughout theMidwestand southeast, will soon subside. The dull buzzing sound which crescendos to a roar, presumably as the work intensifies, will soon cease. The large, slow-moving creatures currently plaguing us will eventually be no more than mounds of crunchy cicada carcasses.

It is the end of May, and in my part of the country, we have been besieged by locusts for three weeks now. This year marks the emergence of two varieties of cicadas. My limited research on the internet tells me they are called frequently called “locusts,” but, in fact, are not at all the same beast. There are two versions: the 17-year batch and the 13-year brood. They seem as menacing as the Hatfields and McCoys, but evidently aren’t terribly dangerous. My little Chihuahua-Daschund may get sick if he gorges himself on cicada crisps, but sturdy trees and plants will survive the attack. They’re expected to remain through the end of June.

I was relieved to find cicadas don’t linger all season, and, then I remembered a Bible study from a couple years ago. In 2009, one gifted friend from our congregation taught the women’s class about “storms.” Specifically, she examined the temporary nature of hardships in our lives. With biblical support, she addressed the trials that early Christians faced, and we explored those encountered in today’s world, as well as God’s purpose for these events and how to grow through them.

I was going through a struggle of my own at that time. I had resigned my position as a guidance counselor after months of soul-searching and prayer, taking a leap of faith by leaving a well-paying job that I liked. I was experiencing high blood pressure and anxiety. That study was exactly what I needed, and I saved only one thing from the summer lessons—a handout that said “storms don’t last forever.”

Throughout this nation and the world, people are suffering, surviving and rebuilding after literal and figurative storms in their own lives. Some face silly and simple dramas of everyday life, like an outbreak of cicadas. Others, like those inJoplin,Missouri, are recovering from devastating losses. There is comfort in knowing that God sustains us through each trial no matter how long it lasts, and He will be there when it’s over to encourage and strengthen us once again.

PRAYER: Merciful Father, be with those who face struggles throughout our community, country and world. May they find strength and encouragement through You, and may faith grow stronger as a result of those trials.

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17 NKJV).

About Hally Franz

Hally Franz writes about her observations on family and faith, parenting and people. She is a former high school guidance counselor, turned stay-at-home mom. Hally and husband Tim will celebrate twenty years of marriage this year, and have two teens. She is a 4-H leader and band mom, serves as her church secretary and as a Bible class teacher. Hally enjoys traveling with her family and participating in monthly book club meetings with her pals.

Comments

6 Responses to “Locusts, Storms and Other Trials”
  1. Carin LeRoy says:

    Thanks, Hally. I’m kind of glad you resigned as a guidance counselor because now we get to read your wonderful devotions!

    • Hally Franz says:

      Thank You, Carin! While I am not working with students each day now, I have appreciated and enjoyed the opportunity to write, communicate, and, hopefully, serve in other ways.

  2. Angie Russell says:

    Thanks so much for sharing, Hally! While I was reading your devotion, this scripture came to mind: Psalm 30:5…weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. He doesn’t promise us a life free of troubles when we commit our lives to Him, but He does promise to be with us and help us through. Good Word!

    • Hally Franz says:

      Thank you so much for reading, Angie! And, thank you for sharing that perfect scripture! I’m so glad to call you a friend!

  3. Jolyn says:

    Storms come and go but I hope I learn something from them so they don’t happen again. Thanks for your thoughtful words to encourage us.

    • Hally Franz says:

      That’s right. Perhaps, if we learn something from our trials we can prevent at least some of them down the road. He does use tough times to teach. Thanks, Jolyn, for your comment!

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