A funny thing happened on the way home from church.
A locust — not a green grasshopper, but a locust — landed on my windshield while I was traveling 60 mph down Highway 16. He didn’t splat. He just landed there.
And looked at me.
For about two miles.
Then he lifted his wings willfully and flew into the velocity of the wind generated at 60 mph. The locust was not blown away. He was lifted off — I believe intentionally by the hand of God.
Now for the backstory.
Preacher Johnny spoke from Joel, chapter two on that same Sunday morning making us aware of world events in light of God’s sovereignty. But Joel 2:25-27 got my attention:
So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you.
You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the Name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you; and My people shall never be put to shame.
Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the Lord your God and there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame.
Now do you see why this locust got my attention? Not only had my pastor just preached about it, but in forty-six years of driving I have NEVER had a locust (or grasshopper, for that matter) land on my windshield!
I prayed, Lord, You have a real sense of humor, don’t You? But You got my attention and I’m listening.
And I am still listening.
I don’t think I have the whole picture yet, but this I know: my life has suffered much destruction in the past few years — destruction I felt I could not survive. But I did. With God’s grace, I did. But now begs the question, “Where do I go from here? And how? And when?”
For those answers I’m still listening. But now my steps can be more courageous and balanced with sure-footing because the Lord gave me a visual reminder that He will be faithful to restore all that the locusts have destroyed. And the outcome will be that I will know in my knower that He is, and always has been, with me because He is my God and there is no other.
It was by the hand of God the locust lifted its wings and flew away from my windshield rather than be blown away.
It is by the hand of God that He is restoring my life — I watched the proof as the locust obeyed His command.
Have you been in a season of destruction? Did you stand by in disbelief while your life as you knew it lay shattered around you? God is a God of Redemption. Restoration. He is a God of hope. Turn your eyes toward Him and away from your circumstances, seek Him with all of your heart, and walk with endurance in honest, authentic faith through all of its valleys that lead to the mountaintop where He is.
Our God is a faithful God who loves us with an everlasting love. And when confusion is swirling (even though we know He is not a God of confusion, but of peace) — IF we seek Him with our whole heart He will direct our paths.
Even if it takes a locust on the windshield.