He Spoke, It Was So

DSC_0016_088sigWhere can photos of a timber wolf, alligator and prairie dog be taken in the same morning? Yes, go to the zoo.

My granddaughter’s kindergarten class went to the zoo recently. It was a delight to be able to join her and her classmates.

Before the trip:

Theory one: There are many animals in a zoo-obvious. So, there would be subjects.

Theory two: Usually the animals are not running or flying away-that’s how a cage works. No blurry photos!

Theory three: It will be possible to get some great photos. So, bring the camera!

At the conclusion:

Discovery one: Zoo animals are not usually the most magnificent specimens for their species-but,already knew that.

Discovery two: Zoo living causes animal behavior to be significantly less natural that in the wild.

Discovery three: At the end of our time, my wish was that my focus would have been entirely on my family, not attempting to take photos and give attention to them. But, there are three photos;

a timber wolf in shade, a prairie dog above the burrow and an alligator warming in the mid-morning sun.

What can be done with three photos of zoo animals? Use them as evidence. They reveal the power of One who spoke and it was so. In them we see the dominion and infinite wisdom of their Creator:

Though the wolf in the photo is lying down, timber wolves are made to run. Their long legs and very large feet, enable timber wolves to travel at a 5 mph trot for hours over all types of uneven ground hunting food for their pups. They will trek as far as 50 miles from their den in a day to find the food they need. To pursue their prey, deer, moose, caribou they can run at speeds of 36-38 mph in short bursts. Wolves live solitary lives mostly out of sight of human eyes. Think of the wolf things we do not know!

While the timber wolf travels above ground, the prairie dog lives in a small confined area. Their burrow may be only 10 feet from a neighbor’s. It will usually be 3 to 14 feet deep and usually 100 feet long. In early exploration of what is now Texas, a truly Texas size prairie dog town was discovered. It was 25,000 square miles! An estimated 400 million prairie dogs lived there. (I am not sure I believe this.)DSC_0005_087sig

An alligator basks in the warmth of the sun. They regulate the temperature of their body by alternating from sun to shade. Below 55 F alligators become dormant. As an alligator’s teeth become worn down or if one breaks, a new one grows in its place. Since an alligator has between 74 and 80 teeth in its mouth, a new one is always growing in. Biologists estimate that in its lifetime the alligator replaces between 2,000 and 3,000 teeth! That is no less impressive than the estimate that an alligator’s lifespan in the wild can be up to 50 years.

Now, for the most important words of this blog. God made these three animals. Actually God spoke them into existence. Stop for a moment. Think about that last statement: God spoke them into existence. What can you speak into being? It’s ok, my answer is nothing, same as you.

You may be thinking, “David Ellis, you are out of your mind!” Something from nothing? That is humanly impossible. But, God is not human. God is God. He is I AM. He is all-knowing, everywhere present, all-powerful. Nothing is impossible for Him. When speaking about the most impossible thing of all, saving a person from sin, Jesus reminded His disciples that “with God all things are possible.”

My favorite Bible verse this week speaks of God’s all things possible power. Hebrews 11:3 tells us, “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” Timber wolf, prairie dog, alligator (even in a zoo) AND the rest of the UNIVERSE were formed at His command. God spoke the universe into being.

That’s unfathomable, incomprehensible power! My mind has been considering the implications of God being able to simple speak and form the universe. What does probability tell us about this? Either this is true, or it’s not. 50-50. A claim this monumental can’t be false. And-there is physical evidence: the 50 miles per day timber wolf, the 400 million prairie dogs, the alligator’s teeth. Just three from a universe full. He spoke and it was so. He is speaking now.DSC_0023 (2)_089sig

Author: davidwellis

What does a grandfather, husband, former public school teacher and Education Specialist for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service with many life experiences in nature do with them? A naturalist with a camera-makes outside a daily destination. My confidence is that God will guide my words, and photos. We live in a magnificent world, come and look at it with me through eyes, lens and words. To God be the glory. Current Profile Photo- Prickly Ash, the name summarizes this brushy undergrowth well. It fascinates me with its thorny branches. Seeing a vine wrapped around the trunk called for a photo.