Do you know how amazing you are? Let that question sink in for a minute and ponder it. I’m not asking it in a way to make you feel better about yourself or to boost your confidence…although that will naturally happen when you discover this truth. I’m asking if you really know the amazing depth that our Creator has gone to create YOU?
This past year our family experienced broken bones for the first time. Our youngest had a bilateral L5 lumbar fracture. In layman’s terms that means she broke her back. Scary doesn’t even scratch the surface of the emotions we experienced. Our middle one broke her hand. The doctor called it “The Boxer’s break.” What in the world? How and more importantly WHY is this happening were my questions in my quiet time. (Side note: God can handle our how’s and our why’s. It is okay to ask him questions when we don’t understand.)
You know the saying… hindsight is 20/20…it’s true! Now that I have experienced the healing side of the broken bones I can tell you with all confidence that our God was making us stronger, in every way possible. I want you to see the scientific side of the healing. It will leave you in AWE.
I had a wonderful opportunity to visit with Mr. Keith Jeffcoat, Science Teacher and Boerne High School’s Teacher of the Year for 2018. I love this guy’s passion for Science. The time I had with him had me on the edge of my seat eager to learn more. Here’s what he shared with me.
“During a fracture or break the bone will temporarily have calcium deposited around the area to help strengthen the bone until healing is complete. This is a temporary mineralization of the area to aid in healing in two ways. One, the calcium is at the spot that is needed for healing and the protection will make sure that further damage does not occur. At the time of complete healing the bone will return to normal amount of bone. This is compared to calluses on feet or hands. If you use your hands for labor intensive work then you will develop calluses, but when you are no longer using your hands in the same way then the calluses will lesson and eventually go away.”
Isn’t that fascinating? God created our bodies to heal themselves when they become weak by providing a way to make them stronger until they are fully healed. WOW!
Mr. Jeffcoat went on to share more interesting science facts. Did you know the Earlobe attachment is controlled by 49 genes?
Our discussion even moved into how we obtain our skin color. Mr. Jeffcoat says, “This one is complicated I guess. I learned that there are 6 primary genes that control melanin which is the primary skin pigment and that the results of that is 64 skin colors, but it goes much deeper than that. One publication stated that there could be as many as 378 genes controlling skin color because of many factors. Some factors that we don’t think of is amount of blood under the skin, the amount of fat just under the surface of the skin and if one or more of the genes is missing or dormant then it becomes active for another one. I guess the reality is there are thousands of skin colors.”
WOW! Our skin color is no accident to our God. It was uniquely designed to create YOU just the way He wanted you to be! On this Martin Luther King Monday, I hope this resonates deep into your soul that He LOVES YOU! He loves all of the NATIONS! We are HIS children. None of us are better than another. Our bodies are miracles that He designed with such purpose. When we grow weak He has a way to make us stronger.
As you go about this week try to memorize this verse and Praise Him for creating you to be YOU and then get out there and ARISE and SHINE for HIM! “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139: 13-14
“We are all one race, destined for GREATNESS. Let us live together in PEACE and LOVE in a Beloved Community.” Martin Luther King Jr.
This song never gets old at our house. I hope it’s one you all know and sing at yours.
Links to resources quoted by Mr. Jeffcoat: