“…but he never left them without evidence of himself and his goodness. For instance, he sends you rain and good crops and gives you food and joyful hearts.””
Acts of the Apostles 14:17
This just made me giggle.
I’m riding my bike to the campground showers, and I spot this.
A pile of decimated rose hips on a stump. Kinda hard to miss, they’re so brilliantly scarlet.
Evidence that something happened here.
Putting our knowledge of nature to work, hubby and I conclude that a hungry chipmunk has created a feasting space on said stump. Looking beyond, there is another just like it.
We don’t see the actual critter, but we don’t need to.
We examined the evidence and got a chuckle out of it. Pretty cute, right?
Our conclusion was based on a few accumulated facts.
Fact #1: Existence of chewed up rose hips. Rose hips of the same hue and texture found on rose bushes nearby. Prior knowledge, namely that rose hips are high in vitamin content, leads to assumption that said rose hips are a potential food source.
Fact #2: Hulls of rose hips are found to be in small chunks, while the inner seeds are missing, presumed eaten.
Fact #3: Location of rose hips on stumps. Prior experience observing chipmunks eating indicates said chipmunks seem to prefer eating on a rock or elevated material such as a stump.
Conclusion: at some point during the previous 8 hours, a chipmunk or chipmunks of unknown ancestry had gathered nearby rose hips, then sat on at these two stumps to consume them.
I mean, think about it.
The rose hips didn’t jump off the bushes and pile themselves onto stumps. (That would just be unheard of, right?) A bear wouldn’t have piled them up like that – he would have just swiped them off the bushes and been done with it. I’ve never actually known any other animal but a squirrel to eat on a stump like that, and in our time in that particular campground, we hadn’t heard or seen any squirrels – but we had been receiving regular visits from a striped chipmunk, so we had evidence of their presence nearby. I really can’t picture a human critter picking rose hips, chewing them up, and spitting them out on stumps like that. They’d be more likely to pick a few and make some tea.
Logic and previous experience led to a conclusion.
It’s raining as I write this.
Rain has been scarce here this summer, so I’m loving the sound of it tricking into our cistern.
Let’s examine some evidence.
Rain comes from clouds.
I’m going somewhere with this. Stick with me.
Clouds form when moisture evaporates. Millions of tiny water particles gather in the sky, then fall when they get heavy. Science tells us this is a closed system – there is never any more or less water in the world. It just continues recycling and falling as precipitation, then evaporating and condensing over and over again.
How does it do that?
How did it just ‘happen’ to follow so simple yet so complex a structure?
It’s so smart. So efficient. So necessary to life.
The Bible has an explanation. An organized brain designed it, built it, and sustains it.
And what about you?
You. All your quirks. All your characteristics. All your failings and triumphs and likes and dislikes. Your eye colour. Your thought processes.
Did you just happen?
Or were you designed?
Examine the evidence. The creatures of the sea and sand, the weather patterns in their ebb and flow, the miracle of birth and human development point to a logical, brilliant, organized brain behind it all.
God has left us with evidence.
What will you do with it?
Look for evidence of God with me?
Father, You leave us evidence of Your character and personality in the world You created. Help us to see Your handiwork in the natural world around us. Thank You for Your creation, which shows Your sense of humour and creativity! Amen.