Yesterday evening I stepped outside and was met with a deafening roar. The cicadas were in rare form. One was singing with all its might right above my head, and it had plenty of neighbors waiting to answer. I know that these little insects are a source of annoyance to some, but the sounds they produce are music to my ears. It is an absolute marvel of God’s creation that these tiny creatures can make such a powerful noise. They don’t have vocal cords, they don’t have lungs, and they don’t rub their wings together (like crickets). They have a special organ called a tymbal, which has a series of ribs that sort of pop when they flex their muscles. (Picture the noise produced by playing with a bendy straw.) When you put many of these popping sounds together you get the characteristic buzzing sound. What is particularly amazing is that these little guys produce a sound that can travel up to a mile and a half! Isn’t God amazing! So, here come a few lessons from a summer evening.
Lesson 1. You are not a bug. When the psalmist says, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (139:14), he means it. As a human being, you are so much more complex—and capable!—than a bug. God put special effort into you, so much so that Jesus said, “You are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31). A bug you are not!
Lesson 2. You are small, but not that small. All we can do is speculate as to exactly why God made the universe as vast and grand as He did. David had given it some thought and concluded this: “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?” (Psalms 8:3-4). In comparison to the cosmos, we are tiny, minuscule, insignificant. And yet God knows you, knows where you are, what you are doing, and is even mindful of the very hairs of your head (Luke 12:7).
Lesson 3. You make noise. While the sound of your voice may not travel 1.5 miles across hill and dale, you have an impact. You make a difference. The world is not the same without you. More importantly, the church is not the same without. So make some noise. Make some noise about Jesus.
“You make darkness, and it is night, In which all the beasts of the forest creep about” (Psalms 104:20). Isn’t God amazing!