When my daughter was five-years-old, instead of rolling Play-Doh into long strips and making snakes like generations of kids before her (hello, how much fun were Play-Doh snakes?), she “made” DNA. She is usually on the hunt for utensils that will cut through wood, which explains our No Playing with Power Tools rule. Last year she told our dentist, she couldn’t possibly floss her teeth because she needs ALL of the floss in our house for ALL of her inventions.
My girl has created an extensive line of bath products. To obtain the ingredients for her products, she scavenges through the forest, flowerbeds, our cupboards, and my purse. She measures, mixes, and mashes ingredients, and then she puts her bath products in tiny tubes, labels them, and hounds me relentlessly until I take her to deliver the products to people she loves.
While I write this, my daughter is attempting to create a new power source out of an old battery, broken fan, glitter, and rubber bands.
Here’s something else about my little inventor: she loves God. The girl is passionate about Jesus. She reminds me the men who were crucified alongside of Jesus committed crimes, but Jesus, “He didn’t even do a thing, Mom!”
On the way to piano lessons, she ponders aloud where the Wise Men obtained the gifts for baby Jesus and if our family lived then, what kind of gift we would possibly bring the Holy Family. “It would definitely have to be something good. Nothing cheap,” she chirps.
Jesus and science. The girl loves them both, and in her mind, the two blend together seamlessly. However, I worry one day they may not, and therefore, here are ten things I want her to know.
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To my fantastically curious, God-loving girl,
While you are busy innovating, experimenting, and discovering, I want you to remember this:
1. The most important truth doesn’t come from searching skies, reading books, or experimenting in laboratories. Instead, it comes from a relationship with God.
2. You don’t have to choose between science and God. No matter what loud voices in the media try to tell you, science and God aren’t at odds with each other.
3. If you want answers, go to the Bible, but remember not all things are meant to be understood. That’s where your faith comes in.
4. A famous mathematician and astronomer named Johannes Kepler, once said, “Science is simply thinking God’s thoughts after him.” Johannes Kepler was a smarty-pants.
5. If you want a glimpse of God’s creativity, study the human body.
6. If you want to observe God’s magesty, study the cosmos.
7. If you want to see God’s abundance, look at the natural resources He has provided us.
8. There are many Christians who work in science.
“Our worship of the Risen Christ should…acknowledge not only His victory over sin and death but also His Lordship over all time and space. In this way, scientific discovery can lift the mind and hearts of believers to a deeper level of awe and reverence for the King of kings and the Lord of Lords who is also Lord of all creation.” Dr. Jennifer Wiseman, the latest Gutsy Girl
9. Science will never answer all of your questions. However, if you study science long enough, you will realize how intricate, complex, and beautiful life really is.
10. While you search, build, and marvel at the wonder of life, make sure to thank God for being the Creator of every wonder you see.
For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Colossians 1:16-17
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Hey, the latest Gutsy Girls book on astrophysist, Dr. Jennifer Wiseman is hanging strong at #1 New Release in Children’s Christian Biographies on Amazon. Thanks for all of your buying, cheering, and sharing.