Year after year, century after century, calamity upon calamity, it never ceases. Two inch letters scream at us from the front page announcing trouble and tragedy somewhere in our world. The evening news leads off with the worst of breaking news. MSNBC, Yahoo News, and Google News all fill our computer screens with dire predictions and disastrous outcomes. Breaking news, this just in from our reporter in Israel. “An invasion of locusts ravaged the land of Israel this week leaving no green thing alive. The thoroughness and savagery of the insect army was beyond any similar invasion in the memory of the oldest citizens of the land. As an eyewitness put it: Joel 1:4 What the cutting locust left, the swarming locust has eaten. What the swarming locust left, the hopping locust has eaten, and what the hopping locust left, the destroying locust has eaten. (ESV) “Wave after wave of insects have attacked the foliage, laying waste the grape vines, splintering the fig trees, stripping their bark … Palm, apple and pomegranate trees are all withered, as are the fields of wheat and barley. [No one is spared, everyone is impacted, the tillers of soil, the vine dressers and the harvesters.] The plague has created a religious crisis as well, because the priests have no food or drink for their daily offerings in the Temple” (David Hubbard, Themes from the Minor Prophets, p. 28-29).