The link to this article was forwarded to me, and I present it to you as an interesting read: “Using Butterfly Time, We Can Learn Secrets of Our Own ‘Clocks'” (WSJ, 2/8/2008).
That we can learn about the mechanisms of our own internal timekeeping by studying the Monarch butterfly’s mechanisms is not a surprise to me. What is a surprise (though perhaps it should not have been) is that the Monarch’s vast annual journey from Mexico to Canada and back is a multi-generational one. That is, the butterfly that completes the journey is the grandchild or great-grandchild of the butterfly that began it–sometimes concluding the task by landing on the very same tree from where the journey began generations before.
I know I am easily awed, but I find that amazing. I was going to try and summarize some of what is said in the article, but I thought I would take the lazy route and just refer you to the story, itself (it’s not long). I’m playing a lot of catch up today (and have for a while, hence the lack of posting in recent days), and I should burn up my candle lighting other rooms. Still, I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to highlight a wonder of God’s creation that had come to my attention.
God has commissioned us, too, to have multi-generational vision:
For He established a testimony in Jacob,
And appointed a law in Israel,
Which He commanded our fathers,
That they should make them known to their children;
That the generation to come might know them,
The children who would be born,
That they may arise and declare them to their children,
That they may set their hope in God,
And not forget the works of God,
But keep His commandments.
If only we were as consistent with our multi-generational tasks as the Monarch butterfly is with his.