Life Science 101

“Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image’” ~Genesis 1:26

Perhaps one of the greatest classes I took in High School was AP Biology. This course covered everything from evolution, to plant life, to various diseases, to the physiology of the human body. It was an incredibly challenging class and on more than one occasion, I regretted signing up for it.

The hardest part of this class by far was taking tests. Early in the semester I would spend hours studying only to get in the test and find that most questions focused on nit-picky details I hadn’t reviewed. It would frustrate me to no end that no matter how much effort I put in, my results were never what I predicted.

I took AP Bio my senior year of High School. The summer after I graduated, I took a SCUBA trip with a group of friends. At the “resort” we stayed at in the Keys, there was a small nondenominational chapel service each morning. One morning, the chaplain told us a brief story.

The story was about two friends walking down a busy city street. 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. Soon, 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 started 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 few coins. Looking his friend in the eye, he dropped the coins on the ground. As they made a soft little clinking sound, every head on the block turned to see where it 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? How often in politics is one party listening for something to disagree on, that they don’t even here the other party’s opinion? How often do we listen for bad news, that we miss the silver lining? In my biology class, I “listened for” and studied what I thought was important, not what was actually being taught.

And so often we are looking for God to give us the answer we expect, we miss what He is actually saying. God is constantly saying that He loves us and wants the best for us. He sends us constant reminders of this. As Max Lucado says, “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.”

One of God’s greatest messages 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.

It is both biologically and spiritually fascinating.

Zach Herzog

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