It’s funny how we can sometimes experience something old in a new way or with a different perspective than we had previously. As a child in school, I never really cared for history but now I can’t get enough from books or on TV. When it comes to my faith, I am amazed how I can read the same piece of scripture and get a completely different message based on where I am in that point of my journey.
I had this type of experience recently when I read an article about a protein called Laminin that I had heard about a few years ago. My faith has grown in ways I could have never imagined since then and the result was that this information was very exciting to me in this season of Lent.
According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, the protein Laminin is a “glycoprotein component of connective tissue basement membrane that promotes cell adhesion”. It is accurately described as a protein that “holds us together” and the fact that this protein is found in the shape of a cross created lots of attention in sermons, blogs, and in the media.
This was so cool and the timing was appropriate as we remember the incredible sacrifice Jesus paid for each of us on the cross this Good Friday. The Bible verse above reinforced its significance to me and I hope to all of you who run and want to improve your physical and spiritual bodies through regular prayer and exercise.
Not So Fast
I did a little research to see if there was anything I was missing before I posted this information. There were many interesting blogs, papers, and reports on this subject from both sides of the fence. However, it was one that was written by a Christian biologist which reminded me to be cautious and that we should not have to look at proteins in the body or other signs in this world that may or may not have any meaning.
After my brief research, I still concluded that this is amazing and don’t believe it’s purely a coincidence. The significance of the shape of this protein and its function of acting as the glue for our body is a beautiful reminder of our Lord and Savior who created us.
What I did take away from what I read was that it’s not a sign or “proof” that we need, but faith. All of us might be tempted to read or look around for signs or messages from above but the only place anyone should be looking is in the Bible. The Bible teaches all we need to know to strengthen our faith but we must regularly open the Bible and read it to learn, believe, and practice the lessons He teaches us through His Word.
“And the mystery is that Christ lives in you, and he is your hope of sharing in God’s glory. Colossians 1:27 (CEV)