Tuesday, January 29, 2013

wonders of creation

This past Sunday at Grace we heard a sermon from Psalm 19: "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims his handiwork..." This incredible world we live in, the writer suggests, is a testament to the incredible Maker behind it all. John Calvin once called the natural world a "dazzling theater" of God's glory, for obvious reasons.

In the spirit of Psalm 19, I wanted to offer just a few examples from creation--I'm limiting myself to the animal world for now--of spectacular and unique creatures that might just leave you in awe of the glory of their Creator.

First, check out this piece from NPR on katydids. Yes, katydids. But these aren't just any old insects: these are "leaf mimic katydids" that look exactly like leaves. You won't appreciate it until you see them--absolutely amazing.

Second is a similar wonder (but maybe even more mind-blowing), the mimic octopus. Here's a short video on this fantastic critter:

Finally, here is another, longer video--but you don't have to watch it all for the effect. You always hear about how fast a cheetah is, but this is a unique chance to see the power and motion of that creature on the move. It's really something.

Take a look. All three of these, I think, are well worth your time. And while you're at it, think about the One responsible for these magnificent creatures.

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