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Moles in the Church Acts 9:1-6 (7-20)

Moles in the Church

The apostle Paul's conversion was dramatic and flashy, and his subsequent ministry got a lot of press, too. But God is not calling us to duplicate his style either in our conversion or in our conduct.

Somewhere in the soupy wetlands of the North American Piedmont, one of God's strangest creatures - the star-nosed mole - is burrowing deeper into his soggy world. With out-turned claws, he forages the earth for breakfast: a tasty grub perhaps, or a creamy caterpillar larva. Equipped with minuscule eyes, hopelessly weak ears and an inefficient smeller, this hairy little varmint with the body of a chubby rat has little chance of feeding itself - much less thriving - in the dark, underground tunnels of God's earth.

Question: How is it that a blind, deaf, olfactory-challenged creature can navigate in the subterranean darkness - and even thrive there?

Answer: The Creator has made a stunning provision for its survival. The star-nosed mole has a face that only the Creator and nature-loving philosopher Annie Dillard could love. Where most rodents sport a rather ordinary nose, the star-nosed mole sports eleven pairs of pink, fleshy projections encircling a large snout. This "nose" fails...

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