Friday, September 17, 2010

Jewel # 67 (Sept 17, 2010)

To my dear grandchildren,  

The Musical Cricket 

"God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and everything that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good."  (Genesis 1:25)

For its small size the male cricket is a very noisy insect whose chirps can be heard a mile away on a quiet night.  Theses sounds are made in much the way as a musician playing a violin.   The upper surface of each wing is equipped with a scraper.  This is drawn over the lower part of the wing that has a hundred or more rough cross-ridges.  By moving its wings, the chirp sound is made.  This "music" is the way the Creator designed crickets to "talk" with one another.

Toward the end of summer, the female cricket makes a hole in the soil about an inch deep and deposits about three hundred little, banana shaped eggs.  The young crickets hatch the following spring and immediately begin searching for dead insects or tender plants to eat.

As the young cricket grows, its outer skeleton splits open and drops off.  This is called molting, and it is repeated sometimes a dozen times.  When the final molt takes place, the wings and other parts of the body are fully developed.  The common, black or field cricket is about an inch long when it emerges from its final molt.  It has two long antennae at the front of its head that act as feelers.  The cricket is able to fly but seldom does, preferring to move over the ground by jumping, like its cousin the grasshopper.  Mature crickets (which do not live through the winter) live a short but busy life, eating a variety of things.  They prefer tender, juicy plants, often doing great damage to farmers' crops.  However, they also move into houses and other buildings, eating clothing and book-bindings.

In cold weather crickets chirp less, and in hot weather they chirp more.  Do you want to know what the temperature is?  They say that if you count the chirps for 15 seconds and then add 40, you will have the temperature in Fahrenheit degrees.  Try it sometime.

Crickets represent part of God's creation and have their place among all that He has made.  He has not only provided special features for their way of life, but He also watches over them, providing for all their needs.

What does the Bible say about His care over you?  Acts 17:24-25 says, "God that made the world and all things therein . . . [gives] to all [people] life, and breath, and all things."  And in Romans 8:31-32 these wonderful words appear: "If God be for us, who can be against us?  He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?"  

Have you ever thanked Him for His wonderful gifts to you? 

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