A Union-Tribune article featured the birds frequenting San Diego beaches in wintertime. Some, like the Sanderling, have flown here from Alaska’s North Slope and will continue in stages to the tip of South America, something of 6,000 miles. Others, like the Whimbrel remain shoreline winter guests until the mysterious instinct that called them south from Alaska’s north will send them back to mate and nest.
Among interesting facts in the article, the writer noted the specific coloring, beak size and body size of the aviary wonders. Birdwatchers have categorized and described them in enough detail that, given enough study, amateurs can discern a Whimbrel from a Sanderling.
The greater mystery of the birds is that their devotees never stop to inquire into their origin; or to ask how such frail creatures, on spindle-legs, seeing through beady eyes, and thinking with a microscopic brain, could make such journeys yearly—where many had not been before. How would they know when to make the long flights from north to south, and back again? Union-Tribune, 1/17/15
The Christian looks at all creatures and delights in God’s genius as Creator. The naturalist looks at the creatures and marvels at what they can do without wondering WHY. Who made it possible? What was the Creator’s purpose? How was it done?
Genesis 1-3 answers the basic questions of all articles, books, lectures, and sermons on the subject of: Who, What, Why, When, How? But so few take Genesis literally, as a six-day, 24 hour-day creation. And those of us who do are considered naive and ignorant.
Let us be warned. There are many ways to take God’s name in vain. And the greatest profanity against God is to deny his significance as Creator of all through Jesus Christ John 1:1-3, Colossians 1:15-16, Hebrews 1:1-2, etc. Once we deny him as Origin of all, sin against God is possible, nay necessary. God warns us that we cannot mock him—Galatians 6:11. The word means “to turn up one’s nose.” It referred in the Greek language to those turning their bloody noses up to stem the bleeding. Note: Paul didn’t say we shouldn’t turn up our noses at God. He did say we can’t. It’s impossible. We may do it, but it’s useless. Holding up one’s bloody nose can alleviate or stop the bleeding. Sticking one’s nose up at God guarantees his wrath and condemnation. Yet, we continue think that no retribution occurs if we snub God. He says retribution is so sure it CAN’T be avoided. America; take notice!