Life Science 101

God appears at the strangest of places, doing the strangest of things. Stretching smiles where there had hung only frowns. Placing twinkles where there were only tears. Hanging a bright star in a dark sky. Arching rainbows in the midst of thunderclouds.” ~Max Lucado

I heard a story about two friends who were walking along the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver.  The first friend stopped suddenly and said, “Do you hear that?”

The second friend replied, “Hear what?”  But the first friend didn’t answer.  He just darted ahead listening for some unnamed sound.  The second friend followed continually inquiring what the sound was.  Soon the first friend crossed the street before darting further up the block.  He stopped at a tree that was wrapped in wired fencing.  Sticking a finger through the fence and pulling back some of the grass, he revealed a cricket quietly chirping away.

“That’s incredible!” the second friend exclaimed.

“Not really,” the first friend said as he stared contently at the cricket.

“No really!” his friend said.  “There is so much noise here with people and traffic.  You must have really good hearing.”

Again, his friend didn’t even look up. He just shrugged and said, “Not really.”

“Then how did you ever hear that? No one else even noticed it!” the friend asked.

This time the first friend did look up.  He reached into his pocket and pulled out a hand full of coins.  Looking his friend in the eye, he dropped the coins on the ground.  As they shattered on the sidewalk, every head on the block turned to see where the sound was coming from.

“We don’t hear what’s really there,” the first friend said. “We hear what we’re listening for.”

I think this story has so many implications for life.

What are we listening for?

Do we listen for something to disagree on, and forget to hear the other person’s opinion?

Do we listen for bad news, and miss the important part of the story?

Do we listen for the answer, and avoid the explanation?

So much of our experience of life relies on how we perceive it.  For example, the existence of the rainbow depends on special nerve cells called conical photoreceptors.  To animals without these cells in their eyes, the rainbow does not exist.  So you don’t just see a rainbow, you create it in your mind.

Yet sometimes the way we perceive life gets a little skewed.  We are looking for God to give us the answer we expect, and we miss what He is actually saying.  Sometimes it feels like “God is testing us” or “God doesn’t hear us” or “God isn’t listening.”  The reality is, just because we don’t see the rainbow doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.  You can’t see the beauty, unless you open your mind up to create it.

God is constantly saying that He loves us and wants the best for us.  He sends us constant reminders of this.  All the natural world around us is filled with evidence of God’s love.

One of God’s greatest messages of God’s love is found in one of the tiniest places.  It’s in a small protein molecule called Laminin.  If you have 8-10 minutes today, I’d encourage you to watch this video to discover the incredible impact that this molecule has on your life.


Zach Herzog

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