Just Hanging by a Thread

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As we get up out of bed each day, we really never fully know what the day ahead will hold for us. We all hope and pray that it will be “a good day”. One thing is clear, although, that what most of us think of as a good day is not always what our Creator has in mind for each of us sometimes. I was reminded again this last week of how we are all just hanging by what is a thread of existence. In Ecclesiastes 12:6-7, we can read about this cord or thread, “Or ever the silver cord be loosed…Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” Life is so fragile and those we love can be gone so quickly. Given this fragile nature of our lives, what is it that holds us all together?

My son, Grant, had gotten home from work and I was doing some work in the house. We were enjoying visiting for quite a while while I was mortaring some blocks into place and Grant was sitting on the floor nearby while we we talked. When he tried to get up and go back into the main part of the house, he fell backward and we both thought he had just lost his balance initially. However, he then proceeded to attempt to walk further and fell quicker than a greased pig on an ice skating rink. He actually had to drag himself up the steps to his room. He kept falling with even a few steps attempted. We took him to a hospital and a workup ensued where we discovered the cause of this to be severe myositis (muscle inflammation) with hypokalemia (low potassium), renal failure, and elevated liver enzymes. He started improving with treatment, thankfully, but not soon enough for us to not have time to think about how life would be without him.

One thing that held us together is knowing that Grant is saved and if something did happen, we would see him again one day when he is made perfect. Our lives would not be the same with a tremendous void until then although. What else holds us all together? Is there something more? Besides what we learn spiritually from Scripture, is there something physical in our own creation that is a sign to us? Like much of our fallen and cursed world, there are clues to His existence all throughout what He has made. “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).

Looking further into Scripture, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth , visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together(emphasis added), Colossians 1:15-17. Is there something on a deeper level in our physical world that points to how He holds it all together other than by watching a sunset or sunrise and seeing the perpetual cycles of our world?

Right within all of our bodies is a reminder of who really does hold it all together for each of us. Without it, we would surely not be in existence. As much as secularists, atheists, and those against God want to deny this scientific fact, it cannot be removed. Don’t you already just love this? I find it quite humorous. There are proteins in our bodies called laminins that are a major component of what is called the basal lamina, which is part of the basement membrane of most of our cells and organs, and influences how cells differentiate, migrate, and adhere to one another. The proteins that make up the molecular structure for this larger protein actually intersect with what results forming a crucifix-like structure. The three shorter arms of the protein help it to bind to other laminin molecules and allows for sheets to made of the protein. The long arm enables it to bind to cells and anchors it to the basement membrane. If this protein is defective, conditions such as nephrotic syndrome (a kidney disease), muscular dystrophy, and epidermolysis bullosa (fatal skin blistering disease) result.
Just look at the picture below of the laminin protein’s molecular structure and tell me that is just a coincidence! I’ll never believe anything other than our Creator knew that one day we would have microscopes power enough and scientific study good enough to allow us to figure it out and then see His handiwork even in the smallest details. Even more interesting is that a subunit of the laminin protein, called beta-1, is encoded by the LAMB1 gene. A human named that gene, but is not that just amazing also? This beta-1 chain has seven structurally distinct domains and has been demonstrated to have a capacity to inhibit cancer formation. This is so rich and all of it makes one want to worship our Creator who truly does hold it all together. He holds it together so well that He even thought to put this into our structure to remind us of His presence on almost the smallest scale.

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