USA Today reports that mosquitoes might hold the key to victory in modern warfare:
“Engineer David Hu of the Georgia Institute of Technology is taking a close look at mosquitoes, in order to understand how they can withstand the pounding of heavy rainfall. … Hu's research could help improve the design of insect-sized flying robots, which he says are currently being designed for use in military surveillance and search-and-rescue operations. …
“His research looked at how mosquitoes, which often thrive in rainy, windy regions … manage to survive impacts with raindrops during flight. ‘These raindrops are moving at a very high speed of about 22 mph, which is too fast for mosquitoes to dodge while in flight,’ he says.
“Though similar in size to mosquitoes, a single raindrop can weigh more than 50 times what a mosquito does. (In fact, a mosquito has the same ratio to a raindrop as a person would while trapped under the wheel of a car.) …
“The study authors found that a mosquito's strong exoskeleton and low mass . . . helps them survive collisions, causing raindrops to lose little momentum upon impact. …
“Likening it to the martial arts principle of Tai Chi, where the idea is to allow an opponents' force to go through or around you, Hu says the mosquito and the raindrop fall together for about 20 body lengths, and then release each other." By merging with and then riding the raindrop the force of the impact is reduced.
Do you ever feel like a mosquito in a tropical rainforest, with driving wind and rain assailing you from every direction? Life can seem that way. Every time you turn around you're bombarded by something much bigger and faster than you.
How do we survive these onslaughts? The mosquito offers us three clues:
- Rather than seeking refuge under a leaf, try putting "on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes" (Ephesians 6:11). The Word of God, obeyed, serves as our exoskeleton.
- Rather than searching for fulfillment in material things, try seeking "first his kingdom and his righteousness . . . " (Matthew 6:33). We reduce our "mass" by being content with what we have in Christ. The less we cling to in this life, the less we'll feel the impact of earthly losses.
- Rather than fighting your circumstances, try considering "it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds" (James 1:2). Survive the collisions of life by learning how to ride them out. Allow yourself to completely merge with your circumstances, accepting them as a part of God's work in your life.
Like the martial artist mosquito, apply the principle of Tai Chi and you, too, will become impervious to the falling rain drops of life.
“We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9, NLT).