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Pollination

butrfl1.wmf (15966 bytes)As you look across a field on a summer day you see bees buzzing here and there or butterflies flapping, as seemingly aimless as tossed leaves, yet this apparently meaningless activity is part of a routine of scientific precisionBthe miracle of nature known as cross pollination.

To the last detail a flower is designed for the great purpose of reproducing afterHmgbird.wmf (13886 bytes) its kind. Color, fragrance, form, the length and shape of each part all fit perfectly into that purpose.

Consider the problem: Tiny little undeveloped seeds must combine with microscopic grains of pollen of the right kind at the right time to develop into seeds that will produce more flowers. What is more, pollen remains alive and active to do its work only one or two hours. It might have to be carried only a few inches away or many miles away. God has designed the wind and insects to help do this marvelous job.

One scientist focused his camera on two inches of a flower and watched insectsbee4.wmf (14464 bytes) land at a rate of about one every five secondsB5760 visitors in eight hours! Ants came at the rate of perhaps one per minute. A wasp zoomed in and when an ant stepped on his toes he kicked like a mule! All of this activity on two square inches of flowers! The touching and shaking loosen the pollen so it can do its work to make the seeds grow.

There is a word we use sometimesCpreservation. It has to do with the laws and principles of nature designed by God to keep things going, to maintain life, to continue life forms from one generation to the next. We are told that God not only created all living things with their detailed and specialized design, but He also maintains or keeps all living things functioning. God preserves. God keeps.

The psalmist wrote in Psalm 121:

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

Let us be thanking God that He Who took great pains, as it were, to design the very details of the flower and the wind and the insects to get invisible bits of pollen to the right place at the right time to produce seeds, is even more concerned to deal with and care for and take care of those who belong to Him.

Do you belong to Him?

Are you one of His?


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