Friday, December 19, 2008

A Doctor’s Observation

Despite this being one of the very busiest seasons of the year, my email buddies manage to keep my inbox full of inspiring items. I thank all of you who forward that which you consider important. The following is no exception:


A couple of days ago I was running (I use that term very loosely) on my treadmill, watching a DVD sermon by Louie Giglio. He (Louie) was talking about how inconceivably big our God is. How He spoke the universe into being. How He breathes stars out of His mouth that are huge raging balls of fire...etc. Etc. Then He went on to speak of how this star-breathing, universe creating God also knitted our human bodies together with amazing detail and wonder. At this point I am loving it (fascinating from a medical standpoint, you know) and I was remembering how I was constantly amazed during medical school as I learned more and more about God' s handiwork.

I remember so many times thinking. . .'How can anyone deny that a Creator did all of this???' Louie went on to talk about how we can trust that the God who created all this, also has the power to hold it all together when things seem to be falling apart. . .how our loving Creator is also our sustainer.He started talking about laminin. I knew about laminin. Here is how Wikipedia describes them: 'Laminins are a family of proteins that are an integral part of the structural scaffolding of basement membranes in almost every animal tissue.' You see. . .laminins are what hold us together; literally. They are cell adhesion molecules. They are what holds one cell of our bodies to the next cell. Without them, we would literally fall apart. And I knew all this already. But what I didn't know is what laminin looked like, but now I do.

And I have thought about it a thousand times since.

Here is what the structure of laminin looks like and this is not a 'Christian portrayal' of it. If you look up laminin in any scientific/medical piece of literature, this is what you will see:

Now tell me that our God is not the coolest!!! Amazing!The glue that holds us together-all of us-is in the shape of the cross. Immediately Colossians 1:15-17 comes to mind.

'He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.For by Him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible,Whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;All things were created by Him and for Him.He is before all things, And in Him all things hold together.'Colossians 1:15-17

Thousands of years before the world knew anything about laminin, Paul penned those words. And now we see that from a very literal standpoint, we are held together. . .one cell to another. . .by the cross. You would never in a quadrillion years convince me that is anything other than the mark of a Creator who knew exactly what laminin 'glue' would look like long before Adam even breathed his first breath!! We praise YOU, Lord! This is simply awesome.

'There is no one so good that he can save himself; Neither is there anyone so bad that God cannot save him.'
Thanks be unto God for His wonderful gift: Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God is the object of our faith; the only faith that saves is faith in Him


There you have it. Now go back to wrapping your Christmas presents and baking your cookies.

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

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