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Topic: Write in the HISTORICAL genre (05/03/07)
- TITLE: Man's Inventions or God's Creations?
By Marilyn Schnepp
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Arthur Coon stopped by the News Stand and picked up the latest Edition. The Headlines read, "Orville and Wilbur's First Successful Flight."
Years later as I sat on my Grandfather Arthur's knee, I listened as he expounded his views about that historical day in 1903 to a group of his cronies.
"How can Man be so deaf, dumb and blind? 6,000 years before Orville and Wilbur were even born, God had already "been there & done that" with His amazing arsenal of flyers!
"Who hasn't observed an Osprey swoop down on an unsuspecting fish, scoop it up and fly away? Or watched an Eagle soar high above the clouds, then suddenly dive-bomb down on a small rodent with swift and accurate precision with silent wings? And what about the tiny Hummingbird who treads air in place?
"And yet Man has the audacity to credit Skiorsky for inventing the helicopter in 1939. What a slap in the face to the Creator of the tiny Hummingbird whom this guy modeled his Whirly Bird after.
"Okay, so the Air Force copied jets, dive bombers and helicopters from God's original arsenal. And the Navy? Look at their copy-catting. In need of a ship that could move undetected under the surface of the water and lie submerged in wait for an enemy ship; what better than a 'gator for the model of their submarine?
"You've got to admit that a 'gator doesn't exactly meet Man's standards as the typical Pin Up girl or Cover Girl model, but they were perfect. Gators lay in wait submerged just beneath the water with only eyes and snout protruding. The Navy replaced the eyes and snout with a periscope...and Bingo! Some Admiral probably got the credit.
"The Army also borrowed from God's wondrous array of creativity by designing combat uniforms in swirly browns, blacks and golds for camouflaging, to blend in with the terrain just like God does to protect leopards, jaguars and other creatures from detection in their jungle homes.
"Desert warfare? No problem. Again, Man borrowed from the Master Designer, outfitting their troops in swirls of tan and yellow to blend in like lions in the tall grass or camels in the sand."
I remember giggling at the thought of an alligator being a model, but laughed aloud when grandfather told how snails and turtles also became top models. Grandfather assured me that when Man caught a glimpse of God's little creations traveling along with a house on their back...their brains lit up like a Lightbulb! "How convenient," Man thought! So they invented, stole, borrowed, copied, God's inventiveness, and soon Man had mobile homes and house trailers.
Grandfather always said, "Give credit where credit is due, my Child - to the Creator!"
Grandfather's words of wisdom still remain in the little nooks and crevices of my brain. When I see an eagle soar, a pelican dive, or a tiny hummingbird treading air, I remember WHO really invented the art of flying.
Once a professor told me that Mr. Rotheim of Norway invented Aerosol spray in 1926; I boldly contradicted him; "I'm sorry Sir, but on the sixth day of creation God "created" a furry little black animal with a white stripe down its back who is equipped with aerosol spray under its bushy tail. So, in all scents of the word, Sir, Mr. Rotheim wasn't the Inventor, he just took the credit."
Writers of faith have the best chance in the world to give credit where credit is due. So today I use my pencrafting tool to share with the world the Good News: "EXTRA, EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT! GOD IS THE CREATOR OF THE WORLD!" And to give credit where credit is due. I still say God invented flying.
READ IT HERE! Reference Gen 1:20 (Paraphrased) NIV
And God said, let there be birds that Fly above the earth and across the expanse of sky.
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