kept trying to tell me that whenever I go out the basement door, I
don't close it all the way, and if it isn't completely closed, we'll
get bugs in the house. And I kept reassuring him that this simply
wasn't the case - that I am very careful to make sure the door is shut
tight every time I go out.
night as I was
walking past the upstairs door to the basement I thought I heard
something. I opened the door and listened carefully. After a few
moments I went into the den and told Bob, "Honey, there's a cricket
singing in the basement that I always carefully shut the door to when I
go out." (I figured I'd just get right to the point to save him the
trouble). We both laughed and then I told him to come
stood at the top of the stairs and heard a most glorious solo
performance filling the dark basement below us with melodious
"He's looking for women," I said. Knowing a few things about
I realized that it is only the males that sing (actually they are
rubbing their legs together but it still sounds like singing to me) and
that they are, indeed, doing it to attract female crickets.
try to find him and let him out so he can find one?" I suggested. After
all, since I am so careful about keeping the door shut he certainly
wasn't going to find any cricket women to keep him company there in the
basement. Bob apparently liked the idea and headed down the stairs into
the darkness. He no sooner reached the last step than the lovely
sounds came to a complete stop. He flipped on the light switch
began walking around the room looking for the now silent lonely
bachelor. Suddenly I heard him call out, "Ah ha!"
did you find him?" I
yelled down to him. "As a matter of fact, I did" Bob
found a woman!" At that point I ran down the stairs to see for
Sure enough, sitting face to face (crickets have faces, don't they?) in
the middle of the floor were two crickets. It was obviously love
first sight. Hence the concert had abruptly ended as the two love-bugs
did whatever crickets do on their first date. "Okay, so maybe I
left the door open once or twice" I offered.
to play chaperone
(after all, they were obviously both adults), Bob went back upstairs to
give the cricket couple a little privacy. After a while, I
carefully catch them both in a cup and then release them back outside
for their honeymoon (making sure the door was completely shut when I
came back in, and I can assure you that no animals were harmed in the
telling of this cricket tale), and as far as I could tell, they lived
happily ever after.
evening I was
thinking about the wonder of the lonely cricket singing in the
darkness, in pursuit of his cricket (or is that crickette?) companion.
And how his lovely song, or shall we call it his love song, resonated
throughout the dark basement with his glorious song without stopping
until he had achieved his goal - that of finding his mate. Now, I
realize that the story of two crickets can't quite be compared to Romeo
and Juliette. But the melodious voice penetrating the darkness of the
basement did bring another love story to mind - in fact, it reminded me
of the greatest love story ever told. It is the story of the
Lover, who continues to sing His Love Song into the darkness beckoning
His Bride to Himself. We read, "The
LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great
delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over
you with singing" (Zeph 3:17). The Song of Solomon describes
this beautiful courtship in detail as the Great Lover pursues His
beloved: "My lover spoke and said to
me, ‘Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me'"
(Song of Solomon 2:10). And He will not stop seeking, wooing,
calling for her until she answers His call.
particular love story
will not end in silence. Unlike Mrs. Cricket, Christ's Bride will
respond to her Lover's voice with a love song of her own. Isaiah wrote,
"I will sing for the one I love a
song about his vineyard: My loved one had a vineyard on a fertile
hillside" (Isaiah 5:1). The Psalmist joins the song crying, "I will sing of the LORD's great love
forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all
generations" (Psalm 89:1).
And even as
the song continues
today being joined by all who answer the Great Lover's call, this
particular love story will one day have a very happy ending. In fact,
the story ends with a most glorious wedding as the Great Lover is
eternally united with His then spotlessly beautiful Bride. The Book of
Revelation gives us a sneak preview of this wondrous celebration:
I heard what sounded like a great multitude... shouting: ‘Hallelujah!
For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and
him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made
herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.'
Then the angel said to me, ‘Write: Blessed are those who are invited to
the wedding supper of the Lamb!'" (Rev
19:6-9). And they all lived happily ever after.
story doesn't quite end there. At least not yet. For now, it ends this
Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!' And let him who hears say, ‘Come!'
Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the
free gift of the water of life. '" (Rev. 22:17). You see, the
Great Lover is still singing into the darkness - into your darkness -
inviting you to respond to His call. The Door is still open and the
invitation still stands for you to join in the song. A new song - the
song of the Great Lover - the Song of the Lamb.
they sang a new song...In a loud voice they sang: "Worthy is the Lamb,
who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and
honor and glory and praise!...To him who sits on the throne and to the
Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!"