Welcome to Reality. A real creature in the real world! Actually, it’s a common little created being — but thank goodness we don’t see him face on, every day!
Ready for the name of this creature?
That’s a cartoon. The first picture is a photo of a bumble bee’s mouth, head on.
An associated summary of the scientific research tells us that all those little hairs around the bumble bee’s mouth pick up electrical signals from a flower. The flower was made so that it gives out electrical signals! And the bee is created so that it can pick up those electrical signals! The bee recognizes what the signals are telling him, and he attaches himself to the beckoning signal!
There he is. He’s doing it! A bee can get quite territorial about which of the flowers in your flower garden he wants. If you’re another bee, you’ll just have to . . . follow the electronic signals of another flower.
Scientists wondered for years just what makes a specific, actual bee go to a specific, actual flower.
I never have. I’ve never wondered. I’ve just made friends (I hope) with the big bumble bee that rumbles near my front door – looking for the right flower, I guess. Sometimes he hovers in front of my face until I back away a little bit.
I’ve never questioned just how they decide which is the right flower to buzz into. but it did make me think:
Everything that is created works together with everything else. All creation has a defined role to play, based upon its created qualities. On a biological basis, I’m told that my nose has little receptors for a certain molecule to lock into which starts a cascade of electro-chemical events working up my olfactory nerve, into my brain, where another series of events interpret that molecule for me as a certain “smell”!!
Even me, as a whole, my “qualities” and characteristics and inclinations and likes and dislikes were created along with me to be a part of me yo interface with the real world, so that as I make my decisions to fulfill my own life I will best reflect back the glory and power of my own Creator.
So, just like the bee, although we don’t know all the secrets of creation yet, what we’re finding is always astonishing us — how well everything was made to work together, right down to minute little electronic signals picked up by heretofore unknown receptors on a bee’s tiny hairs!
Yes, looking right down into a bee’s mouth can be startling! Reality can be “scary.” And for some, Reality points right to the irrefutable existence of our Creator — and that is a reality that makes us scary small in this universe.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”
If you have a thoughtful moment, here is the way someone far smarter than I am stated this same idea:
The story is told of the late Samuel Stehman Haldeman, the distinguished naturalist of the University of Pennsylvania and the founder of the Natural Academy of Sciences, that when asked by his friends what brought him to the threshold of the Church, he would reply: “Bugs!”
Then with good nature he answered their astonishment by explaining that even the smallest insect that was contained in his cabinets possessed the organism necessary for its proper activities. Head and members he always found working together as one body.
His science thus led him to expect that if a church – as the embodiment of religion – were really part of a divine plan and so had its place within the world, that church would be equipped by the Creator with the organization and means of action proper to it, as carefully, at least, as is the beetle he has studied.
What his hypothesis demanded, Profesor Haldeman had found realized in Catholic Christianity.
(A little note from me – Professor Haldeman refers to the Church itself and its place in this world, not to its individual members who may disregard that organization, and who contradict in their lives and words the teachings of that Church. Criticize them, judge them, if you will; but not the organic, ordained organization of the Church to achieve its specific purpose for us.)
The author who quoted this story: Charles Alfred Martin, a young man who has been educated for far longer and more intensely than most of us have been.