My wife begins another school year this week, teaching high school chemistry and biology. While I certainly get “geeked out” by theology, I also find science intriguing. In a simple way, science is an examination of the “blueprint,” the orderly way in which the world has been crafted.
So I learned a new word last week: Tropism. A tropism is an organism’s reaction to a stimulus. A geo-tropism is a plant’s reaction to gravity. So a tree always grows up. A thigma-tropism is a reaction to touch. So a vine “feels” its way up a tree, fence, or wall. A photo-tropism is a reaction to light. So a sunflower follows the course of the sun throughout the sky.
It’s as if plants simply know what to do. Deep in their cells, they are built with very specific characteristics and abilities. Such tropisms have the appearance of mysterious wisdom. Plants seem to know things. At the very least, they know their role and how to carry it out. This can’t be said of all homo sapiens.
I’ve coined another tropism. Theo-tropism. All things react to the divine stimulus, whether they are aware of it or not. He orders all things, aligning them to the master blueprint established long ago.