So this is an image of the Tobacco Mosaic Virus.
Yeah, I never heard of it either.
It is a virus that attacks and destroys tobacco and other plants.
Viruses are ugly and evil in that they hurt and kill other living things
Yet in looking at this molecular image, I seriously hate to say it, but it is also beautiful in a way.
The shape, color, complexity--the design and wisdom embedded in it--what can I say, but even this too is a miracle.
Sure, it would be better in a mortal sense if there were no viruses to make us suffer and literally eat away at us.
Yet, surely G-d has a plan even for these nasty virus molecules.
Do they help us gain immunity to even worse diseases?
Do they help us to use ingenuity to discover, fight, and evolve to withstand their attacks and progress our society in larger ways?
Do they help us learn however horribly to turn to G-d, strengthen ourselves, and somehow try to cope with suffering and loss in life and death.
All sickness is unbelievably horrible and the suffering it causes is truly impossible to understand, and G-d should please, please have mercy on us.
Yet, looking at this molecular image of even this virus, there is something comforting in the supreme intelligent design and creation of it all. ;-)
(Source Andy's photo of image by Visual Molecular Dynamics)