Friday, November 21, 2008

He's a God We're Called to Worship...

Did you know that a caterpillar has 228 separate and distinct muscles
in its head? That’s quite a few, for a bug. The average elm tree has
approximately 6 million leaves on it. And your own heart generates
enough pressure as it pumps blood throughout your body that it could
squirt blood up to 30 feet. (I’ve never tried this, and I don’t recommend

Have you ever thought about how diverse and creative God is? He
didn’t have to make hundreds of different kinds of bananas, but He did.
He didn’t have to put 3,000 different species of trees within one square
mile in the Amazon jungle, but He did. God didn’t have to create so
many kinds of laughter. Think about the different sounds of your
friends’ laughs—wheezes, snorts, silent, loud, obnoxious.

How about the way plants defy gravity by drawing water upward
from the ground into their stems and veins? Or did you know that spiders
produce three kinds of silk?When they build their webs, they create
sixty feet of silk in one hour, simultaneously producing special oil on
their feet that prevents them from sticking to their own web. (Most of
us hate spiders, but sixty feet an hour deserves some respect!) Coral
plants are so sensitive that they can die if the water temperature varies
by even one or two degrees.

Did you know that when you get goose bumps, the hair in your follicles
is actually helping you stay warmer by trapping body heat? Or
what about the simple fact that plants take in carbon dioxide (which is
harmful to us) and produce oxygen (which we need to survive)? I’m
sure you knew that, but have you ever marveled at it? And these same
poison-swallowing, life-giving plants came from tiny seeds that were
placed in the dirt. Some were watered, some weren’t; but after a few
days they poked through the soil and out into the warm sunlight.

Whatever God’s reasons for such diversity, creativity, and sophistication
in the universe, on earth, and in our own bodies, the point of it
all is His glory. God’s art speaks of Himself, reflecting who He is and
what He is like.

The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
-Psalm 19:1-4

This is why we are called to worship Him. His art, His handiwork,
and His creation all echo the truth that He is glorious.There is no other
like Him. He is the King of Kings, the Beginning and the End, the One
who was and is and is to come.
[from the book "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan]

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