I seems that in every biology class I take, Jesus teaches me something beautiful about Himself. This semester I have been taking Microbiology. I assumed that I would come out of this class being completely germaphobic. However, I have had an amazing professor, so this hasn’t been an issue at all. In fact, Dr. Thomas love bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae, and helminths. All things microscopic bring Jennifer Thomas great joy. One of the most important things to understand about microbes is that of the millions that exist only about 100 are harmful to humans. I find Jesus in this fact.
When sin entered the world, it became a completely broken place. There is death, hate, sorrow, evil, lies, rudeness, disease, decay, ect. All the bad things in the world can be attributed to the moment Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit.
So what does this have to do with microbes? Everything! When the world became broken absolutely everything could have been corrupted, but this didn’t happen. There are only 100 microbes that are harmful to humans. Only 100! Out of millions and millions!!! Now, I do understand that those few do cause serious problems, but can you imagine if the millions were harmful? The human race would probably be wiped out! This is just a picture of God’s grace to me. And maybe it’s because I’m a really nerdy almost-biologist, but I think this is what Jesus wants me to do. I think He wants me to find Him in the things that I love.
What is even more beautiful about the handful of microorganisms that can harm us is that God, in His infinite wisdom and cleverness, gave us the materials to take care of those handful of “bad microbes.” Most of the antibiotics and antivirals and anti fungals are found in nature! This is just further evidence of God’s grace! He gives us a way out of the brokenness that our sin created.
Yes, winter is really harsh, but spring comes quickly. Yes, there is death, but babies are born every day. There is hate, but there is also love. There are weeds, but amongst them grows flowers. There are car bombers, but there is also a group of men in Israel who drive around blasting music and dancing at stoplights with the goal of making people smile. There is hate speech and gossip and bullying, but there is also music and poetry and friendship. We are sinful creatures who deserve hell, but God sent His son Jesus to die on a cross and save us from sins and provide us with a heavenly alternative.
It is true that the world is a broken place, but there is hope around every corner.