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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Inventions from Nature

What do camouflage clothing, Velcro and airplanes have in common? Each of these inventions was inspired by nature.

For hundreds of years, people have looked to the natural world for design ideas. Fifteenth-century artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci drew designs of flying machines that would imitate birds. Orville and Wilbur Wright spent a lot of time studying birds while building their gliders and airplanes. The Wright brothers made the first successful piloted, powered flight in 1903.

A curious Swiss man once wondered why cockleburs clung to his clothes. When he looked at a bur under a microscope, he noticed it was covered with hooks that attached to the loops in fabric. This simple observation inspired him to invent Velcro. If you look closely at Velcro, you’ll notice it’s made up of stiff hooks that cling to soft loops.

Many competitive swimmers wear swimsuits inspired by sharkskin. The special fabric imitates the grooved skin that allows sharks to move so quickly through the ocean.

Nature even helps us get well faster. Several years ago a scientist watched how corals make hard reefs underwater. His discoveries led him to invent a type of cement that repairs broken bones.

It makes sense that we can get amazing ideas from nature. After all, God made the world. And of course, He is the greatest designer of all!

God also gave us an example of how we should live. He sent His Son, Jesus, to live a perfect life and die for our sins. Of course, we aren’t perfect. We’ve all done wrong things. But we should do our best to imitate Jesus and try to become more like Him.

Have you ever wondered what Jesus was like as a kid? Luke 2:40-52 gives us a picture of Jesus as a boy. Even as a 12-year-old, Jesus was busy telling people about God. People were amazed to hear the things Jesus had to say.

“And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him” (Luke 2:40, NIV).

You don’t have to wait until you’re older to do something great for God. You can make a difference in your world right now by living like Jesus and telling others about Him.

— By Christina Quick

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