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The Miracle of Life . . .

The Miracle of Life . . .


"And God said, 'Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.' And it was so." Genesis 1:24 (NIV)


I sat in a lawn swing as dusk fell and listened to the male cicadas in the trees singing to the females. They had their own reasons for singing, but the song to me was about the God of Creation instilling in all the creatures the ability and the desire to sustain future generations in perpetuity. All of the intricate details of life, the cells and the chemistry that drives it all, were in place and working perfectly the first week in the Garden of Eden . . . and yet today we remain in stages of discovery.


God's hand sustains the earth, actually the Universe, which in turn sustains its inhabitants. We gardeners believe we produce wonderful fruits and vegetables, sometimes in abundance . . . enough to preserve a source of food through the winter, and even some to sell or give away. Alas, we only tend God's garden produced from seed that another generation of plants left on their departure . . . grown in soil enriched from the decomposition of generations that returned to the good earth.


Farms and woodlands produce meat for the table, fiber for our clothes, and lumber for our houses . . . all from seed God designed in the beginning. Even a crossover of plants and animals exists. As bees and other insects gather nectar for their sustenance, they pollinate flowers that produce seed that birds and other animals eat. Though, an element of pesky and destructive insects and other such creatures exists, they are all part of God's grand design that works to our benefit . . . even when we are aggravated at their presence.


"How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom

you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures."

Psalm 104:24 (NIV)


Ray Newbold


Professor of Forestry, (Ret.), Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana

Writer, OPEN WINDOWS; Deacon--FBC, Ruston; Mission Work: Mexico



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