Friday, July 22, 2011

The Proliferation of DNA

 Deoxyribonucleic Acid

A few short years ago it was an unknown domain.  But in 1953, scientific advances by Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins of Britain brought DNA into the world of Biotechnology.  Little did they - or we - know then how vital that finding would be some 45-50 years hence.

Known as the "secret to life", everything & everyone has DNA.  It differs from one person to another like a fingerprint, setting each of us apart in the truly unique sense of our being.  The intricate strands that comprise DNA's structure are like a woven tapestry, and equally beautiful to behold under the microscope.

It has now become the stuff of detectives, the key to riddles, and the means by which criminals are either convicted or set free.  No intelligent crime show can sustain itself without it's use. 

Moreover, wherever you and I go, we leave a little, or a lot of ourselves - our own, personal DNA - there.  Skin cells and hair shafts are continually sloughing; and even body fluids remain long after we've exited.  That glass of ice tea we just sipped contains our personal signature.  Thus we leave a trail that is, or could be easily tracked.

Fascinating stuff here.  Star Trek stuff.

All by itself, DNA and it's implications are amazing.  But when you marry it to the spiritual context it becomes more amazing still.  Not only do our physical bodies have this incredible capacity for cell-signatures, but so do our spiritual selves.  Whether we are to be born, or born-again, there's a knitting & weaving that takes place.  It's a design crafted long before 1953 when Franklin & Wilkins figured it out.

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb...
 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place ...
Psalm 139:13, 15

Think of it, this leaving behind of DNA in the spiritual sense.  What might it say about us?  What would those strands communicate about our parentage and health; about where we've journeyed in life?   

But thanks be to God, who always ...
uses us to spread the aroma
of the knowledge of Him everywhere. 
For we are to God
the pleasing aroma of Christ
among those who are being saved
and those who are perishing.
2 Corinthians 2:14-15

Even our words factor into the equation.  They are part & parcel of our spiritual DNA, with everlasting implications.

A good man brings good things out
of the good stored up in him,
and an evil man brings evil things out of
the evil stored up in him.
But I tell you that everyone will have
to give account on the day of judgment
for every empty word they have spoken.
For by your words you will be acquitted,
and by your words you will be condemned.”
Matthew 12:35-37

The mysteries of the universe are beyond measure.  Men continue to discover what God has made plainly known long ago, unraveling this secret and that. Yet somehow, evidence of His DNA is the one discovery that is often missed by the scientific eye.  It is found new & fresh by just plain folks - one person at a time.

Hey, how about a new show:  Creation Scene Investigation?


Cindy said...

I love the spiritual perspective you give to this.

I also had to chuckle a bit because around our house the joke is that long after I'm gone, my family will forever be reminded of my presence because I shed hair all over the place! lol! When they least expect it, they will find one.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Always great!! Yes DNA..both physical and spiritual...and all from our Master's hand.
May my DNA point to Him.

Debbie said...

What an interesting thought and concept this is...I LOVE IT! Has me really thinking right now, WHAT is my spiritual DNA saying? Have a good week-end!

Patrina's Pencil said...

I love this closing statement.... I'll be adding it to my collection of really great quotes! :)

"The mysteries of the universe are beyond measure. Men continue to discover what God has made plainly known long ago, unraveling this secret and that. Yet somehow, evidence of His DNA is the one discovery that is often missed by the scientific eye. It is found new & fresh by just plain folks - one person at a time."

It is so amazing, this DNA thing.

Maryann said...

Want to be that "aroma of Christ" I love the spiritual perspective on this.

Saleslady371 said...

I agree, indeed, it does not take a Sherlock Holmes to know their is a God. As soon as I began reading, that 2 Cor 2 verse popped into my head. So glad to see it's reference because as a follower of Christ, I always hope others will see Him in me.

Nancy said...

A wonderful analogy.......great insights......