Dung beetles are marvellous creatures. They dine on poo for a lifetime, and they relish it. They get all their nutrients – mostly nitrogen – from the muck.
One more unusual thing about these beetles is their ability to tackle tasks more complicated than what reality would dictates, more prominent than what common sense pronounces. In the process of preparing packed lunch, they can haul weight many times heavier than theirs.
This makes them the most powerful creatures on the planet Earth.
This takes me straight to the story of Jairus in Mark 5:21-43.
The crowd hanging around Jairus held that his daughter was past redemption. They scoffed at Jesus when He said the girl was just sleeping and will wake up soonest. They mocked because Jesus sounded daft. He seemed like a fabricator. They did not realize He was neither a lunatic nor a liar but the LORD.
I wonder what went through the mind of Jairus as these guys, in a moment, transformed their wailing into laughter. I wonder what Jairus thought when he learnt that these guys had written her daughter off.
In life, there will come a time when you will want to engage a next-to-impossible task. A time when you will find yourself confronted with a difficulty. It is the time when the crowd around you will taunt, laugh and show you how improbable it is. They will mourn with you when it appears you have failed and will laugh at you when you make a leap of faith. That is the stark reality.
However, the God who raised Jairus’ daughter amid mockery and despondency; The God who gives a dung beetle strength to haul balls many times heavier than itself, will ultimately make it happen if we only put our focus on Him. If we only ignore the wailing and laughing crowd. If we only realize that He is God of impossibilities.
If we only realize we cannot do it by ourselves.
He is a God who breaks through thick barriers. He is a God in control of the natural and the supernatural elements. He catches the wise in their craftiness, and the schemes of the wily are swept away. His voice breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon. He does not seek crowds’ opinion. He does not consult the crowds around us. He catches the intellectuals in their folly. He uses foolish things, weak things, things which are base, things which are despised to show forth His might. That is our God.
D. L. Moody was an uneducated and uncultured man. With no educational advantages, he established the Moody Press, Moody Bible Institute, the Moody radio stations, and the list goes on. He’s an example that God’s power is not resident in our wisdom. God uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.
“And the LORD said to Abraham, ‘Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, when I am so old? Is anything too difficult for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.’ Sarah denied it, however, saying, ‘I did not laugh’; for she was afraid. And He said, ‘No, but you did laugh.’ Genesis 18:14.