Do you sometimes yearn for a fast-acting painkiller? Then make way for the Fang Blenny. He’s a little fish that thrives in the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia. And, as his name indicates, he’s got two huge fangs on his lower jaw that inject a heroin-like venom into any fish that tries to swallow him. He’s just a little guy, just under four inches. But he’s got the most amazing venom. You see, his venom is absolutely painless. In fact, it removes pain – though only temporarily. He doesn’t kill his attackers. His venom just makes their muscles relax and their movements uncoordinated. When a predator swallows the little Fang Blenny, he bites him on the gums, making the predator’s mouth droop open and allowing the little fish to swim free.
The Fang Blenny’s venom is a unique combination of peptides which affect the body’s opiod receptors, much the same way that morphine does. But the Fang Blenny’s venom is many times more potent. This is why scientists very are hopeful of discovering a powerful and very fast-acting painkiller after studying his venom and finding a way to synthesize it.
The Fang Blenny is just one more overlooked and under-valued creature in God’s creation whose contribution to humanity may prove to be phenomenal – and all from a grumpy little fish.
You know, as I look back at the many people I’ve worked with in the military and in the ministry, there have been some who weren’t the most pleasant. Some have been somewhat toxic. And if I valued people on their personality alone, then I wouldn’t place much value on them. What I found, however, is that these same “fanged” people had tremendous talent – far more than I had – and they made profound contributions to the mission. In fact, they frequently “saved the day.” The key for me was to look beyond their rough exterior to discover their hidden genius and quality, and find ways to put it to work.
Every creature in God’s creation has a contribution to make. Every member of humanity has a God-given talent and attribute which needs to be discovered and used for the benefit of others. We search for wonder-cures from grumpy, little fanged fish. Shouldn’t we invest time in God’s children to discover the hidden greatness and goodness within them?
If you find yourself surrounded by fanged and venomous co-workers or subordinates, don’t assume they are sent by Satan to afflict you. Recognize that God is sovereign and He has brought them into your life to help you accomplish your God-given task.
In the Bible King David has his share of fanged and venomous “helpers.” One of them was Joab – the conniving, scheming, and openly insubordinate commander of Israel’s armies. Joab caused David much embarrassment and grief. Yet he was heaven-sent and won every battle he fought, triumphing over all of Israel’s enemies. David couldn’t spare him.
Nathan the prophet inflicted more pain on David than anyone else when he rebuked the king for his sins (2 Samuel 12). Yet Nathan’s harsh confrontation saved David’s soul, and perhaps his kingdom.
Moses had Miriam and Aaron, who once rebelled against him and brought God’s wrath upon themselves (Numbers 12). Aaron even made an idol of gold which led Israel into idolatry (Exodus 32). Yet, despite the headaches they created for Moses, they also contributed immensely to Israel’s deliverance from Egypt to the threshold of Canaan.
You may be surrounded with people in the workplace who cause you pain. Yet God brought them into your life to bring you good. You may be a despairing parent whose rebellious child would test the most loving mother. But God has a plan for that child, to bring out of him or her their true greatness and to use it for His own glory. Don’t be discouraged, but pray, trust in the Lord, and be faithful in your God-given task.
PRAYER: Dear Father in heaven, give me hope for myself and for those around me – especially for those I love and depend on. Open my eyes to see the goodness and greatness in others and give me the wisdom to bring it to the surface and use it for good. Amen.
(Information from: http://www.smh.com.au/technolo