I had just finished lifting my heart to You, Lord. This morning in prayer. Thanking You for Your Gift of Life today. Asking You to help me live this day in ways that will please You.
I looked up with my “Amen”… and noticed the tiniest movement at the ceiling overhead. A strand of spider silk, holding fast to a ceiling tile. Moving gently to and fro in the “breeze” generated by our heating system. And You planted a curious question in my mind:
What is the strongest adhesive on Earth?
Google is an amazing — and amazingly fast — source of information, Lord! Here’s what I learned, with just a click of my mouse:
Within man-made technologies, many claim the answer to that question is Polyurethane Adhesive. It can bond to a variety of surfaces. It is resistant to water, heat and cold. It is faster-setting than other two-part epoxies and expands after it is applied. And unlike other epoxies, it is also sand-able, paint-able and stain-able.
A single-cell bacterium uses another adhesive. Caulobacter Crescentus uses the toughest natural glue on Earth to hold fast to river rocks and even water pipes. One source claimed it can withstand an enormous amount of stress — equal to the force felt by a quarter with three cars piled on top of it.
Scientists are trying to figure out how to reproduce that natural glue in a usable form. Trying unsuccessfully… at least, so far. It “gunks” up all the tools engaged in creating it.
I love that techie talk, Lord! 🙂 Is that yet another commentary on what happens whenever we try to “play God”??? 🙂
But then, You invited me to think bigger… beyond the Earth. You turned my thoughts to the Strongest Adhesive in the Universe.
Sovereign Super Glue.
“The Son is the image of the invisible God… For in Him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible… created through Him and for Him… and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:15-17)
“If you love Me, keep My commands. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever — the Spirit of truth… you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:15-18)
“My sheep listen to My Voice; I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10:27-30)
Sovereign Super Glue, indeed.
Always in stock. Free… but priceless.
Forever stuck on You,