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    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. ...




Power in Unexpected Places

Apr. 14, 2013

Insects aren’t just creepy pests. They’re also amazing little creatures. Look closely at their world and you might be impressed.

Consider the Hercules beetle. Pound for pound, it’s the strongest animal in the world. The Hercules beetle can lift up to 850 times its own body weight. That would be like a human picking up a humpback whale and five elephants! That super strength comes in handy when this beetle needs to dig a hole in the ground to escape predators.

An Australian tiger beetle is one of the world’s fastest land insects, clocking in at 4.16 miles per hour. That may not sound fast. But when the beetle’s size is taken into account, those tiny legs can run like the wind. The tiger beetle covers enough ground each second to equal its body length 171 times over. A human would have to run 748 miles per hour to match that feat. That’s nearly as fast as a supersonic jet.

Who would have thought insects could be so cool? Super abilities are sometimes found in unexpected places. Consider Samson. He was an Israelite. When Samson was growing up, the Philistines bullied the people of Israel. But Samson was no ordinary Israelite.

God gave Samson great strength. One day a lion tried to attack him. Samson snatched up the ferocious beast and tore it apart with his bare hands. Samson also fought the Philistines. God used Samson to help His people, the Israelites (see Judges 13-16).

Elijah was a prophet and a mighty man of God. He told people to turn from sin and serve God. Elijah called on God to send fire from heaven to show people that God is real. And, guess what! The fire fell. Then Elijah, filled with God’s power, outran a chariot pulled by the king’s horses. The prophet ran some 17 miles in front of the king (see 1 Kings 18:16-46).

God didn’t give Samson and Elijah power so they could show off. God called them to work for Him. You don’t have to fight a lion or outrun horses to do great things for God. Just follow the Lord in faithful obedience. God has a special plan for your life. Ask Him to use you for His glory.

“I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13, NIV).

By Christina Quick

 

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