In 1943, the French entomologist August Magnan argued that, according to the known laws of physics, the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly. He stated,
“Virtually all insects flap their wings through a wide arc, about 165 degrees. Frequency generally varies with size: The larger the insect, the slower the wings beat. Mosquitoes, for example, beat their wings about 400 times per second, fruit flies about 200. Birds beat their wings much more slowly—about 50 times per second for hummingbirds. But bees, which are 80 times as large as fruit flies, flap their wings 230 times per second through an arc of about 90 degrees. And although most insects produce the majority of lift about halfway through the stroke, when the wing is moving fastest, bees get an equally large contribution at the beginning and end of the stroke from the rotation of the wing.”
Someone forgot to tell the bee there was a “flaw” in God’s design. But everyday, the impossible happens and bumblebees fly. In fact, impossible is one of God’s favorite words. Consider the following “impossible” events: Moses parts the Red Sea enabling the Israelites to cross on dry land, the sun stood still in the sky while Joshua fought his enemies, a virgin conceived and gave birth, five loaves and two fish fed over 5,000 people, Peter walked on water, Jesus rose from the dead, and bumblebees fly.
As part of our human condition, we constantly deal with issues of what is possible and what is not. But, we need to remember that we do not journey alone and that God is with us. And, for God, nothing is impossible. So, today, if you are facing something that seems overwhelming and impossible, keep in mind that, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.” Miracles happen everyday and God is waiting to do the impossible in your life. Today, dare to believe in the impossible.
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What situation are you facing today that seems most impossible to overcome? Trust that God is with you and ask Him to provide for you in ways that make the impossible possible.
1 Corinthians 1:27-28, 2:9
Leslie Snyder is a youth and family ministry veteran currently serving in the Kansas City area with her husband and three kids
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