Recently in my biology lab the class was assigned a semester-long research project. My group’s project focuses on whether the presence of red wigglers, compost, or the combination of both has any influence on the growth rate and final size of bean plants. We set up an experiment that tests each of these factors, organizing our experimental design as follows:
I had some worms left over from our experiment, so I decided that I would keep them around for a while! Using some of our leftover compost and my gecko’s travel cage, I created a little worm box for my 19 new pals. I’ve placed them all in the container, and I plan on feeding them vegetable and fruit scraps! I even read online that they eat cardboard and hair. I’ll have to do a little more research, but I’m excited to keep them around!
If anyone has any advice or experience pertaining to keeping worms, please feel free to share! :)
Today I was in my biology lab’s recitation and we began discussing the different hypotheses pertaining to the creation of the universe. At one point we began talking about the earth and the moon. In short, it is believed that a comet crashed into Earth, shattering to 1/3 its former size. As chunks of debris drifted into space, a large piece got caught in the gravitational pull of the earth. Voila: the moon. Scientists validate this due to the fact that the geological substances of the earth and the moon have been connected to each other.
As we were learning this, I couldn’t help but ask the question, “Why would God make the earth and moon particularly in such a way that it could be hypothesized that they occurred outside of Him?” And then He revealed to me the answer:
If these were different substances, it would be very easy for evolution and the creation of the universe according to scientists to be discredited. But it’s not. In fact, some may consider it to be more evident that evolution occurred than that I exist. But this evidence is secular. Look at where it is rooted: the attempts of man to prove the existence of the earth and its inhabitants outside of me. The evidence is compelling, but I want you to choose me because you trust and believe in me, not because science “can’t figure it out.”
God wants us to choose Him out of LOVE and TRUST. If there were nothing to test our faith in this way, the choice to believe in creation by God wouldn’t mean as much as it does now. We need to confidently choose Him amidst the distractions and the diversions that the world offers.
This week the SouthLake Christian family—composed of current students, alumni and families—suffered the loss of a dear mother, friend and supporter. Trina Law was many things to many people, including a warrior and a beacon of Christ’s light to those who surrounded her.
At 3 pm on Thursday, February 8, 2018, Mrs. Law was relieved of her battle with cancer and reunited with King Jesus. Though difficult for those of us who so desperately hold on to her, it is comforting to know that she is no longer in pain. She now worships the Father in her eternal home, a home in which we will one day be reunited with her. But this peace that is found doesn’t erase the pain of the loss, especially for her immediate family and those closest to her.
Then what is it that God is trying to reveal to us through loss?
I believe that there are a few messages that God tries to relay to us through personal loss. Firstly, I truly believe that God has a reigning plan for all things that happen. The Lord takes and the Lord provides—that’s part of the mystery of Who He is and His plan for our lives. I lost 3 family members in a period of 6 months. The pain of the losses was brutal, but we had to continue to believe that there was a reason this was done.
I believe the reason that’s a little easier to see is this: personal loss should remind us of the loss God experienced when Jesus—His only Son—died on the cross for us. Though it was all foreknown, it doesn’t make the loss any harder. Some of us are in situations in which we know death is coming for someone we love. The point of rest should be in knowing that God understands. He can empathize with us in our loss.
Just as God knew that Jesus would rise again, however, we can have the confidence of knowing that we as believers will one day be reunited with those we have lost, as they are now worshiping the King in heaven.
Rest in Peace, Trina Law. We will see you again.
“He might only be here for a part of your life, but for him you are his whole life.”
Today I volunteered at Humane Society of Charlotte for the second time in a three-week period. As I helped distribute food, clean indoor and outdoor cages, and let dogs back in their kennels, it dawned on me that there were quite a few dogs present who had been there two weeks earlier. At the same time, some of those who had been there before were gone, replaced by dogs I’d yet to meet. It breaks my heart to know that many dogs (and cats) will never find their ‘forever humans,’ whether it be due to appearance, breed, behavior or anything else.
I just want to encourage any of you who may be thinking about getting a dog or cat: check your local animal shelter. If you keep your mind open, it’s absolutely worth a shot. There is potential for you to fall in love with an animal there, changing its life forever! Plus, you may find that you’ve rescued your new best friend and protector. My dog Scooter was a shelter dog, and he’s been one of the most loyal, loving, playful dogs I’ve ever had. I love him so incredibly much—I’m very thankful that he was given the opportunity to live his life with us.
The neat thing about rescuing animals from shelters is that the relationship is mutually beneficial: not only do you change their lives forever, but they will change yours, too. Some may be shy or skittish at first, but never underestimate the power a little TLC can have on an animal.
Even if you aren’t sure about your feelings towards shelter animals, I would just like to really encourage you to check your local shelter. Keep your mind open to the idea of looking into adopting a dog or a cat. As I said, even just a stroll through the kennels could blossom into a new friendship and love with man’s best friend.
1 Thess. 2:2
"...but with the help of our God we dared to tell His gospel in the face of strong opposition."