Tuesday, December 20, 2011

David Attenborough should be a prescription medicine.

Occasionally I have trouble falling asleep, but one thing almost guarantees to have me comatose in a matter of minutes: a rollicking good nature documentary. I absolutely adore nature documentaries and find them sooooo relaxing. It might not be appropriate to say that I should sleep with David Attenborough but the hypnotic tones of his voice has me dreaming about gibbons and elephant droppings in no time. And it's not just the world's greatest natural history film maker who has this effect on me. If the narrator has a soothing voice, if there are insect noises and lots of leaves or fish, I'm absorbed to a state of semi-consciousness.

The cool thing about a couch potato is you can't tell if it's asleep or awake.
The other night I was treated to yet another amazing recount of the world around us when, just as I was drifting off and starting to drool on the remote, something incredible mind blowing came on:

Leaf cutter ants
I thought these guys looked pretty impressive carrying such nicely carved leaves to their nest. They were working so hard and I just figured that they were hoarding food for the winter. I remember the Grasshopper and the Ant story so it didn't really surprise me. But then...the narrator explained what these little guys were doing:

Farmers! These ants are using the leaves to cultivate their own fungus farm. IT BLEW MY MIND! I mean, HOW does an ant know to DO this?

I wanted to tell the world what I'd just learned, even though I'm not sure if the world really wanted to know. I got to thinking about the whole universe and "stuff". Pretty deep, I know. But if thinking about all that work God did when He flung the stars and planets into place has ever made you feel feel tiny and insignificant, I figure that remembering that He gave a teeny tiny ant the brain power to run it's own fungus farm kind of puts things into perspective. 

Matthew 10:31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows (and fungus farms)