Valentine’s Day: Spoiler Alert

hqdefaultTHE WORLD ENDS TOMORROW!  If you want to do something special for your sweetie, you better do it today.

You may ask: “Why has Stan become a prognosticator of end time events?”  The answer is easy, and I’ll give it to you in one word:  “Ghostbusters.”

If you have about 12 seconds, you can watch the 1989 prediction that is the inspiration for this post.

 

While I have serious doubts about Ghostbusters ability to see into the future and the credibility of the movie’s prophecy, I do place great value on a time-related statement from Proverbs 27:1:  Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

I agree with Solomon: It’s best to make the most of today and don’t waste time in a boast about what you will do tomorrow. 

 

Virgins, Mice, and Mothers

Mouse-Phobia.jpgBoth mice and mothers can be found hastily scurrying about the floor of kitchens.  The one will eagerly and earnestly scour the floor for the crumbs that fall from the delicious tidbits prepared by the other.  To be honest though, mothers choose not to coexist with mice.

Most mothers would rather stomp a mouse than study it; unless, you’re a mother in a lab studying Mus Musculus, the common house mouse.

Researchers at New York University were studying the mother-child bond and used mice to determine the role of the brain and how a mother nurtures her children.  The researchers had noticed that when baby mice fell out of their nest, their cries of distress alerted their mothers; however, virgin mice didn’t respond until they were injected with oxytocin. After a series of injections, the virgin mice were transformed and began to respond to the cries of the baby mice..

This research reminds me of the mercy of God.  It’s in His nature to nurture, and He responds to the cries of His children: “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt. I have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows.  I have come down to deliver them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up from that land to a land that is both good and spacious, to a land flowing with milk and honey (Exodus 3:6-8).”

When sorrows come and you cry out to God knowing: The Lord has heard the voice of your weeping. The Lord has heard your supplication; The Lord will receive my prayer (Psalm 6:8-9).  Then in response to His goodness, you can sing to the Lord and shout joyfully to the Rock of your salvation (Psalm 95:1).

Seeing Heaven or Honoring the Holy

islandNow and then headline news will report on one of the indigenous religions of the world and some peculiar practice that is unique to those who adhere to their worldview. A recent article in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser has focused on the proposed use of the  Big Island mountain of Mauna Kea.

If scientists are given permission to build the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea’s peak, it’ll be like poking a stick in the eye of the Native Hawaiian people.  This is sacred ground to many Hawaiian’s because it is part of their sacred myth and their understanding of how the islands were created.

This incident serves as a reminder that government seems to focus on the rights of science, and it has an unseemly disregard for the rites of believers.

How will this debate be settled? Should science build another telescope to see into the heavens or should they honor the holy places of Hawaii?

If the government continues down its current path of spiritual disregard, what’s next. It might become so bold as to remove something like the 10 Commandments from the public square in the middle of the night, but then again, I guess that already happened last week in Oklahoma City.

A Lesson From The Swan: Stick Your Neck Out

swanI’ll have to admit that I’m more than just a little intrigued by drones and the cameras offered by GoPro.  I’ll admit something else: After watching the jerky footage and less than fluid movies they produce, I almost succumb to motion sickness.

Researchers at Stanford University think they’ve discovered a solution that will stabilize the cameras used in this frontier technology.  Surprisingly, the answer may be found in the smooth and graceful flight of the elegant swan.

In an article at Quartz, Mike Murphy has reported that, “A swan’s neck acts like a car’s suspension, compressing and expanding as the bird’s body bobs up and down with the flaps of its wings, and ensuring the head stays still.”

When the 20 vertebrae and more than 200 muscles on each side of the swan’s neck move in a fluid and coordinated motion, the bird’s head doesn’t bob up and down.  It remains steady, which leads to aerodynamic efficiency and enhanced and focused vision.

If you do a little research in the book of Proverbs, you’ll find how important your neck is to you:

  • In Proverbs 1:8-10, you are encouraged to wear the wisdom of your parents as “a badge of honor and maturity, and as fine jewelry around your neck.”
  • In Proverbs 3:3, Solomon said you should, “Stay focused; do not lose sight of mercy and truth; engrave them on a pendant, and hang it around your neck; meditate on them so they are written upon your heart.
  • In Proverbs 3:22, Solomon encourages you to, “never lose sight of God’s wisdom and knowledge: make decisions out of true wisdom, guard your good sense, and they will be life to your soul and fine jewelry around your neck.”

Life is full of bumps and bruises and it has its ups and downs, but you might experience less turbulence if you stick your neck out for God.