Manhatten, Canadian Owls and Clive Staples

Photo Credit: National Geographic

  • Did you know that there are glaciers the size of Manhatten?
  • Have you ever seen Killer Whales use a synchronized attack to drive a seal into the water?
  • Have you ever seen the life below the sea freeze in Antarctica?

What do these questions have to do with anything, you might ask (except to reveal once again that I am a nerd)? I recently watched a documentary on cold weather things: penguins, seals, killer whales, glaciers and the like. As someone who vehemently dislikes the cold – yet another example of God’s providence that I did not go to school in Boston, what was I thinking?!?! – I try to avoid all first-hand experiences of God’s glory in the cold. However, HOLY COW! this stuff is crazy. And by crazy I mean, “screams ‘There is a God and He is really creative, smart and has a sense of humor'” – I mean have you seen the face of a Canadian Arctic Owl? You’re welcome.

As my sister will tell you, I am not a hippie. (But she is and don’t let her convince you otherwise – just ask her to talk about dirt and rocks, but only if you have a few hours) I can only imagine how much more impressive nature is to those who understand it, but the cool thing is that “If you are thinking of becoming a Christian […] you are embarking on something which is going to take the whole of you, brains and all.” (Thanks again, Clive Staples Lewis) I mean, how great is it that we don’t have to dumb ourselves down to worship God, but the more we know and explore this world, the more fully we can worship Him?!?! Truth is always true. Even when we try to prove it wrong or don’t accept it or don’t know about it. You’re welcome, World, for that great piece of theological exposition.

If you’re struggling to trust God, wondering how He can possibly make your situation work out, or that He is good I encourage you to google anything about nature, the Arctic, desserts, etc. You will be amazed at God’s bigness (yes, that is now a word on this blog) and his incredible attention to detail of things that don’t even bear His image. Once again, I’m wrapping my mind around just how BIG God is. I’ll work on the other stuff in eternity when I can maybe gain some perspective after a few millenia (Is that the plural of millenium? It is now.)

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