Several years ago, an agricultural scientist was searching for a way to eliminate the destructive horn beetle without destroying other beneficial insects. The horn beetle has long antennas which he uses for navigation. The scientist was scraping one of these antennas when he discovered the secret of its remarkable sense of direction was built in radar that he used like a receiver. The scientist wrote an article in a popular agricultural magazine describing this incredible radar guidance system. He went into considerable detail and gave specifics about his breakthrough discovery.
A few days later, the FBI arrested him and questioned him. They wanted to know how he got the information about their new radar guidance system. He had to do some serious explaining to convince them that his information came from the pesky horn beetle.
As it turned out that the radar guidance system, he had discovered was a new, state of the art, guidance system NASA had used in space travel. They kept the ‘secrets’ under lock and key, and only a limited number of people knew of its existence. Everyone involved in the project had the highest security clearance. The FBI couldn’t imagine how a mere agriculture scientist could possibly know of its existence and the intricate details of its operation.
Some scientists believe the horn beetle has been around for three million years and makes up one fourth of the animal population on earth at any one time. NASA stumbled onto the radar guidance system that God had placed in this insect so long ago.
Most of our marvelous creations are like this unassuming horn beetle. We think we are so smart, and yet, all we do is expose God’s marvelous design already functioning in nature.
Have you ever wondered how a salmon finds her way back home to spawn? After she hatches, she travels thousands of miles to the ocean to stay for four to six years. Then, swimming upstream, she returns to the same river or stream where she was born to lay eggs and reproduce. She does this through her impeccable sense of smell.
Most things in nature have an even number of rows or lines. Corn always has an even number of rows on each ear. Watermelon has an even number of stripes and so does cantaloupe.
How can people see God’s design in the world and not believe in the Creator who created it with so much detail?
I once heard someone say, “To believe in the ‘Big Bang Theory’ makes about as much sense as believing an explosion in a printing plant resulted in the creation of Webster’s Dictionary.”
God often uses nature to get our attention. I have a pastor friend who was staying at a hotel in Alaska during the winter. He was going through a devastating event in his life and was questioning his relationship with God and even his calling to the ministry. During a difficult moment, he went out to walking in the icy snow surrounding the hotel and wound up on a park bench next door. Of course, there was nothing but ice and snow, with nothing green anywhere.
The cold weather didn’t help his mood. In his pain, he closed his eyes and cried out to God. When he opened them, he noticed a single blue flower blooming near the edge of the bench where he was sitting. He didn’t know how long the bloom had been growing through all the ice, but it moved him to tears. The little blue flower was the only living matter in all the ice and snow. He believed that God had placed it there just for him.
God has a way of doing that. A bird singing, a single cloud the size of a fist, the scent of a newborn baby, or a flower growing through ice and snow in Alaska can get our attention and influence our hearts wherever we are. With our busy schedules, we often fail to take the time to appreciate the wonders of God’s creation.
We all go through trials and get discouraged at times. We can get so busy doing his work we ignore him in the process. God’s sweet voice is easy to overlook or push aside when life’s pressures push in on us. Sometimes we need to slow down, sit outside in a lawn chair, and breathe deeply as we consider the Creator who loves us so much that he uses his own creation to support and encourage us.
Dr. Sharon Schuetz has served as a copastor of the Sebastopol Community Church since February 2018. She and her late husband, Michael, have served as pastors in seven churches since 1988, most of them in the Pentecostal Church of God, Joplin, MO.
The Schuetz family has ministered to couples through counseling, ministry, women, and marriage retreats. She served as the District Youth President over the state of New Mexico, where she traveled two weeks each month preaching youth rallies. She organized youth camps, retreats, etc., during her tenure.
Dr. Schuetz graduated from Cornerstone University, Lake Charles, LA. After completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Christian Counseling in 1998, Cornerstone hired Dr. Schuetz as the university's Administrative Director. In 1998, the Schuetzs moved to Lake Charles, where they lived on campus, taught classes, traveled to satellite campuses to hold graduation ceremonies, etc.
They were married for 45 ½ years, with three children and ten grandchildren. Dr. Schuetz stepped into the pulpit as Senior Pastor when Michael went home to the Lord in December 2021. In over 35 years in ministry, they hoped to reveal God's love to all. Dr. Schuetz loves to break God's Word into understandable principles and teach people how to apply those principles to their own lives.