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Today's Creation Moment

A Desert Traveler's Friend
Isaiah 41:19-20
"I will plant in the wilderness the cedar and the acacia tree, the myrtle and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the cypress tree and the pine and the box tree...
What two things are most important to someone lost in the desert? Why, a compass and, of course, some water. If you are lost in the desert and find a compass barrel cactus, you have both in this...

Wasps Command Aphids

Matthew 13:39
“The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.”

The ability to control someone else’s will is the stuff of classic horror movies. Thankfully, science has never devised a way whereby one person can take over another person’s will and control their every action. But there is a certain parasitic wasp that may, in fact, be able to control the actions of the aphid that it uses.

Parasitized aphid with exit holeThis tiny, parasitic wasp injects its eggs into the body of the aphid. The larval wasps are nourished by the aphid’s body. Aphids do not like this and some will actually commit suicide after they have been injected with eggs. Others, according to scientists, seem to follow the commands of the tiny wasp parasites within them. Aphids, carrying wasp eggs that will require hibernation over winter, often leave their plants to die in a protected spot. There the young wasps will have the best chance of making it through the winter. Aphids carrying eggs that will hatch before winter remain on their plants to die to provide the best place for the young wasps to start their adult life.

Jesus Christ pointed out that until He returns to this world, His enemy and ours, the devil, will try to get us to follow his evil commands. But unlike the aphids, we have a way out of his control because of what Jesus Christ Himself has done for our salvation.

Dear Savior, I thank You that You have not left me without hope. I ask that no matter how attractive the devil’s lures appear, each of his attacks may drive me closer to You. Amen.
R. Weiss. “Dying Aphids obey wasp’s commands.” Science News, April 15, 1989. Video from June 19, 2011: Photo: Parasitized aphid with exit hole. Courtesy of Sarefo. Licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2.