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Topic: Like Living in a Goldfish Bowl (11/07/13)
TITLE: Nature - A Giant Fishbowl
By Graham Insley
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A whisper of wind moves over the ocean's expanse. It picks up a mist of water. Droplets are formed and become clouds. The clouds travel inland and it rains.
The rain then starts an incredible journey back to the ocean. Small pools form and rivulets become flowing streams that turn into mighty rivers. Gathering enough power and force to change the shapes of mountains, these rivers crash over waterfalls and run along valley floors. They bring life to everywhere they flow.
Jungles spring forth from the feet of the mountains that are home to these rivers. Magnificent fauna and flora flourishes in this rich environment. Lions roar, hyenas laugh and monkeys jump and swing. These animals also tell their story.
A lioness that can tear flesh apart with her ferocious teeth lovingly picks up her cubs with the same teeth. She lies down to feed and play with them like a friendly domestic cat. Yet she is one of the most feared wild animals; fighting to the death to protect and provide for her family.
A group of primates gather together to play and eat. They roll around making happy noises; noises that suddenly change tone. As a hyena approaches the dominant male beats his chest and takes an aggressive pose. The predator is driven away and the trees are once again filled with happy, family sounds.
The vegetation is also part of the story. Palms reach and struggle for the sun while vines try to take over everything they see. Thick and green, the intense rainforest is almost impossible to penetrate as it thirstily drinks the life the water provides.
Having done its duty, the water completes its journey home and once again waits for a breeze to start the process all over again.
But even back home the water brings life. Oceans ebb and flow in a moon controlled tide around a great variety of islands; sandy, rocky, tropical, icy and coral isles -- all are touched. These same massive expanses of water bustle with as much activity as the jungles. Dolphins leap, manta rays glide and whales sing songs to their loved ones.
And above these mighty oceans there is a laser show better than anything man could ever create. Stars light up the sky every night, just as they have since the dawn of time. Universes of wonder and radiance are the sparkling tips of creations expanse. Black holes, supernovas, asteroids and planet after planet go on further than any eye can see. Yet no eye can deny that their brightness is shining forth a creative genius.
It all reveals a loving Creator who places every planet in every orbit. By His design they retain their symmetrical order and flow in their awesome synergy. It is He that maintains their perfect balance. Every one of them is as cold or as warm as He allows them to be. Each is supported by the exact amount of gravity He gives them. And across the entire universe the Creator has engraved a message.
God has written a letter across the skies and on the face of nature. It is an invitation to everyone; "Come. Find Me; I'm here for all to see."
From the smallest drop of rain, through the love of every mother and on into the infinity of space, it all declares the existence of its Creator. It's like God has put Himself on display in a giant gold fish bowl so that no-one can deny He is and always will be.
No wonder we are without excuse.
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