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Brenda and the Bible: Love Holds Us Together

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By Brenda Groves
The Post Newspaper Contributing Writer

Dear readers,
Every few years I like to repeat this column as a reminder to each of us, as human beings, how we are here for a purpose: to know our Creator. I am asking you to separate yourself from the world for a moment and reflect on this verse as you read the column.  
“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.” Psalm 139:10 


Who came first …. well, the Creator of the human cell, who created the creator of the microscope who “rediscovered” our Creator.  
 Some of you may have read this before, but each time I go over this doctor’s testimony, I am still amazed at the revelation that truly, “in Him we live and move and have our being …”

     “A couple of days ago, I was running (I use that term very loosely) on my treadmill, watching a DVD sermon by Louie Giglio, and I was BLOWN AWAY!  I want to share what I learned, but I fear not being able to convey it as well as I want. I will share anyway.
   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. 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, and as a doctor, 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 and how our loving Creator is also our sustainer.

And then I lost my breath. And it wasn’t because I was running my treadmill, either!!!

It was because he started talking about laminin. I knew about laminin. Here is how Wikipedia
 <http://www.wikipedia.org/>describes them: ‘Laminins are a family of proteins that are an integral part of the structural scaffolding of basement membranesin 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. I knew all this already, but what I didn’t know is what they LOOKED LIKE.
But now I do, and I have thought about it a thousand times since (already. 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….
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Illustration of the laminin-111 complex depicting the domain organization.
  
                   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 (Jesus) 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 


    I just think that is very, very, very cool. Thousands of years before the world knew anything about laminin, the apostle 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 quadrillion years convince me that this is anything other than the mark of a Creator who knew EXACTLY what laminin ‘glue’ would look like long before Adam breathed his first breath!!

      I hope you enjoyed this and know that YOU were created for a purpose: “to know Him, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom He has sent!” John 17:3
        “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18
        “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Contact Brenda Groves at:bkgroves1996@yahoo.com


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