Thursday, November 14, 2013
I got a nasty paper cut yesterday just as I reached for something under some papers in the back seat of my car. Almost instantly, a series of precisely ordered steps began to repair my finger.
First, the bleeding must be stopped. While the scab is forming over the surface of the wound, the blood below is making another kind of clot out of blood platelets and protein. With the bleeding stopped, my body increased the flow of blood enriched with white blood cells. These not only search out and kill germs, but they clean the wound of damaged cellular tissue. Skin cells began to increase the rate at which they make new cells in order to bridge the cut with new skin. Underneath, cells called fibroblasts fill the wound to strengthen the tender new tissue, and contract to pull the wound closed. Now, blood vessels and nerves complete their repairs as the fibroblasts position themselves along the lines of stress to prevent future damage.
The intelligence in the order in which the steps to healing take place, as well as the advanced biochemistry involved in making those steps happen, makes the healing of a cut finger no less of a miracle than Jesus’ healing of the high priest’s servant’s ear. Healing is clearly his doing, whether it happens slowly or instantly.
God’s demonstration of creativity and incredible intelligence doesn’t stop with the healing mechanisms he built into our bodies. Did you know that in beetles, their healing process also stops predators?
The blister beetle oozes a chemical that effectively deters ants and other blister beetle predators that might disturb it. The beetle’s entire body serves as a trigger for this self-protection mechanism. As soon as any body part is disturbed, that part of the body begins to ooze the nasty chemical. If one of its legs is disturbed, the chemical is released, driving off the predator.
Furthermore, in an amazing turn of events, the male blister beetle gets double duty out of this substance and uses this same chemical to attract female blister beetles. The ornatrix moth employs the same chemical to attract female moths. In fact, many of the chemical tricks used by man for self-protection were first used by insects and other animals. Again, man learns from the way the creator has designed things.
We take a lot of our everyday blessings for granted. When we take a break from busyness and look at the incredible design of simple things, we are reassured that God cares about every detail in our lives just as he cares for the details of creation. Christ said it is the “cares of the world,” worrying about the little things that chokes his word in our lives. If we believe that God cares about the details, we can break free from anxiety and are enabled to continue fulfilling his purpose for our lives without fear.
“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers – most of which are never even seen – don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.” Matthew 6: 32-34.
Dianne Brady is an author and speaker and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.