Day 260 | Friday, 4 December 2020
From the Church Mouse
For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities---his eternal power and divine nature---have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made.
Romans 1:20 (NIV)
After giving you information on one of the fiercest of God’s creations, the Fisher, I wanted to describe to you one of the smallest and most amazing: The Leafhopper Nymph. It is so small it cannot be seen with the human eye. This information came to me from something I read by Renee Yancy. I was so amazed that I wanted to share it with you. Check it out.
The Leafhopper Nymph is the “baby” of an adult Leafhopper, a species of insect in the Cicadellidae family. These tiny bugs feed on plants by sucking sap from leaves.
It’s only when you look at the belly of the leafhopper nymph under magnification that you discover the most amazing thing. Their legs have tiny “gears” with teeth that measure 0.0015 to 0.0030 millimeters long. It’s hard to conceive of anything that small. These teeth help coordinate the baby nymph’s hind legs so they can leap ahead when needed. Even more fascinating, these “training wheels, “so to speak, disappear as the nymph becomes an adult.
For me, this illustrates the amazing work of our creator and the fact that you can never get to the end of God. As far out as you can go in space, you can never reach the end of it. And, in the opposite direction, as electronic microscopes get increasingly stronger, you find structures within structures within structures. As far as scientists can go, you can never get to the end of the object. We see eternity revealed in more than a billion galaxies that exist just within our universe, not to mention other universes. Microbiologists are discovering eternity as they explore the intricate detail of microscopic organisms with no end in sight.
If our almighty God took such care creating the hind legs of a microscopic baby insect, then with how much more care did he design us? He looked upon his creation and said it was good; and when he looked upon us whom he had created, he said it was very good.
What an amazing God we have. We can never get to the end of him.
Father, help me to rest in the knowledge of your eternal power and divine nature and the assurance that you have everything under control both in this world and in my life. Amen
P.S. The bad news: Native red Ladybugs eat Leafhoppers.