Sometimes the smallest things inspire wonder.
I admit, I’m easily entertained, but last Saturday’s encounter with a ladybird beetle captured my attention and left me wondering about the ability of this little beetle to hang on. This little ladybug hiked a distance of 6 inches—crossing a bridge of pink mountain dogbane to a downed ponderosa. It didn’t slip. Or lose its grip. How’d it do that?
I did some research and found that ladybird beetles have some special “kicks”—and tricks.
A Science Daily story titled “Beetles in Rubber Boots” describes a scientific study that found each leg of this remarkable ladybird beetle is equipped with fine adhesive hairs of sorts. Take a look: click the link and be amazed–
These microscopic hairs differ in composition –at the base they are stiff, with the tips being flexible. Researchers believe this variation provides the beetle with the ability to hold tight despite the terrain.
We, too, have an anti-slip mechanism in a slippery world. World famous Bible expert Matthew Henry calls this “mechanism” God (from Jude 24):
God is able, and as willing as able, to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of his glory.”
And for that, I am thankful. I cling to Him who holds me tight.