I just finished this crusty old (lol) book called, “The Year of the Locust.” I woke up last Tuesday needing something encouraging. I went back to Ernies bookcase and rooted around for a good book to dive into. He has the weirdest books. He goes to bookstores when they are closing down and yard sales and just picks up anything that looks decent. Plops it on the bookshelf and lets it sit. I have gotten so much from smelly old books that he buys.
So I pick up this little book in the back bottom shelf I thought I havent ever seen it before. When I started reading, the first chapter quoted my poem, “He giveth more Grace.” My heart started beating faster. Everyone suffers from “Locust years.” A Locust year is one that includes pressures, breakdowns, discouragement, loss, failure, frustration. Basically you feel your life resembles a field after the locusts are done with it. Barren, nothingness, everything gone. You go through them individually or as a church. Below..from the book..
“But when the locusts have eaten their fill and have done their worst; when the crops and dreams, harvests and hopes finally lie in ruins, the locusts die. Then a marvelous miracle of nature occurs. The carcasses of these deadly destroyers, which have covered the land with a blanket of blight, now combine to produce a fertilizer for the soil. (!!!) The soil is enriched and an even greater miracle occurs. When the farmer plants again, if he can muster the courage to do so in the face of all of his previous losses, the year following his greatest destruction, he reaps his most bountiful harvest. The year following the disaster is a time of bounty, of blessing and tremendous prosperity.
Packed into this sometimes overlooked promise of God is a diamond of truth for every discouraged, desolate and devestated heart. Theough problems and tragedy, heartaches and hurts often leave Gods people damaged, desolate and pushed to the brink of despair, there is a principle at work in the spiritual economy of God that will enable believers to muster strength and faith and the patience to proceed. In fact, there is no experience in life, however dreadful, damaging, and totally devestating, that need leave God’s children destroyed. God has promised restoration for all the locust years of life.”
In the last chapter he says you cannot make it through the locust years of life without faith and preserverence. He gives a story about James Corbitt a heavyweight boxer champion a long time ago. He was quoted saying this…
“Fight one more round. When your feet are so tired that you shuffle back to the center of the ring, fight one more round. When your arms are so tired that you can hardly lift your hands to come on guard, fight one more round. When your nose is bleeding, and your eyes are black, and you are so tired that you wish your opponent would crack you one on the jaw and put you to sleep, fight one more round-remembering that the man who fights one more round is never whipped.”
Then he quotes Gerald Kennedy telling a story about a resistance fighter when his land had been invaded. (the story was too long to put on this already too long blog.) but his quote was, “This is not a time for me to desert my faith. It is not a time to turn for new images on my belief. This is the time for me to be dangerously faithful.”
“We need to determine to live dangerously faithful. The locusts WILL come, (if they havent already..) Giving God the time He needs to bring us through will help us to be dangerously faithful in spite of circumstances less than encouraging-dangerously faithful in spite of pressures which push us to depression-dangerously faithful because God is still God. Remember, it is not the fittest but the dangerously faithful who will survive the locust years of life.“