On my last post I wrote about things that seemed accidental actually being a part of a plan. The believer who trusts in a God who wants to bring good to His people and Who loves them enough to be faithful until the plan is completed will be watching for sign posts along the way. My husband read me a story from the New York Times this past week of the death of Wilson Greatbatch. Mr. Greatbatch is credited with the invention of the pacemaker of the heart. in 1956, when he was an assistant professor in electrical engineering at the University of Buffalo building a heart rhythm recording device for the Chronic Disease Research Institute there, he reached into a box of parts for a resistor to complete the circuitry. The one he pulled out was the wrong size, and when he installed it, the circuit it produced emitted intermittent electrical pulses.
Now most of us hearing such sputtering may have gotten annoyed at the size mismatch and given a deep sigh as we trudged to get the “right” battery, but Mr. Greatbatch hearkened to the sound of the oversized battery. I mean he really listened. That sound took him back to the days when he thought about the electrical circuitry of the heart as he worked in an animal behavior laboratory as an undergraduate at Cornell in 1951. This got him to thinking about a man-made device that could help the heart in need of some new wiring…By 1960 he placed the first pacemakers in 10 human subjects. Today a half million people depend on pacemakers for quality of life.
I got to thinking…didn’t the same thing occur to Alexander Fleming when he saw a bit of mold in one of his bacteria-laden petri dishes? All around the mold there were no bacteria. Dr. Fleming could have shrugged it off or worse, blamed the mold for contaminating his petri dishes, but he had a prepared mind. As Dr. Fleming himself stated in his Nobel Speech given December 11, 1945:
In my first publication I might have claimed that I had come to the conclusion, as a result of serious study of the literature and deep thought, that valuable antibacterial substances were made by moulds and that I set out to investigate the problem. That would have been untrue and I preferred to tell the truth that penicillin started as a chance observation. My only merit is that I did not neglect the observation…
Oh, my friends, I do not want to neglect the observation. We who call ourselves Christians would do well to go into our day with prepared minds. This is the Year of Now for me. I want to really see each moment and know what it is saying. Andrea Dawn says,
“Every happening great and small is a parable by which God speaks to us and the art of life is to get the message.“
I really want to get the message today and every day.
Reading the Word and praying,