June 28, 2012 - Zapped
By Scott Harrup
Popular Science has posted a photo gallery on their website entitled “2011’s Top 10 New Species.”
New species? Absolutely. Science is nowhere near cataloging the wealth of life forms created on, and in, this planet. For an example of that second category, consider the devil’s worm, a newly discovered worm species found more than half a mile underground in a South African gold mine.
I was most intrigued by a Spanish variety of parasitic wasp. The female flies along less than an inch off the ground and targets ants as its preferred egg incubator. An online video shot at a rate of 300 frames per second records the tiny wasp’s instantaneous injection of an egg into an ant’s body. It happens in about one-twentieth of a second.
The afflicted ant must then endure the fate of hosting a hatching and growing wasp larva that will eat its way out to maturity.
I watched the video yesterday, and I’ve been thinking about those ants. Something gets implanted almost at the speed of thought, and then grows and destroys from the inside out.
A suitable metaphor for some of my own thoughts. A temptation, a worry, an offensive remark — all impact my gray matter in an instant. And if nurtured there, they can eat at my spirit until my joy evaporates and my stress multiplies.
For the ant, there are no solutions. That egg is there to stay. For me, thank God, there is a powerful alternative to the scenario just mentioned. I can turn over to Him those issues that plague my inner life. The Psalmist spoke of that process this way:
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me” (Psalm 51:10-12, NIV).
— Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (sharrup.agblogger.org).