Creation Inspirations

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Maybe at some point you’ve heard someone say, “I’m going absolutely batty” or “she’s as crazy as a fruit bat”. Both of these comments are meant to imply that the person being talked about is a acting crazy, or that they’re frazzled. The comparison is based on a notion that bats act crazy or frazzled.Hanging fruit batphoto © 2010 Tambako The Jaguar | more info (via: Wylio)

People might get that idea because bats seem to fly in haphazard patterns, darting and dashing across the sky, especially when they’re chasing down bugs for a meal. However, science is learning that isn’t the case at all.

Recently, scientists have figured out that many bat species make adjustments in flight quickly and precisely because of the tiny hairs on their wings. They’ve discovered that this hair and attached nerves send signals that help the bat understand how the air around them is effecting their flight. This is similar to some of the gauges that pilots have on planes.

Think about that for a minute. It is no simple task to design an airplane so that it stays in the sky and flies safely, yet a bat does this naturally and precisely unless it’s hair becomes damaged. Do you think it was just by luck that the hairs lined up just perfectly and that the nerves connected to the brain in the right way? Of course not, Creator God knew what would help bats fly and gave it to them. God cared about what He made down to the finest detail. And He still does to this day.

The next time you see a bat: Remember how important the tiny hairs are on its wings, and how our loving God cares about such small details in all of His creation- including us!

How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Psalm 104:24  (NIV)

Anyone who knows me knows I really love zoos. I can honestly say visiting them energizes me. The ones that have habitats or experiences are my favorite. Feeling like I’m in a tropical rain forest or the arctic or the desert, even if it’s just for a few minutes, almost always puts me in a state of wonder and joy.Zoophoto © 2005 Will Lord | more info (via: Wylio)

Creation Inspirations was partially born out of that continual sense of marveling at what our Creator God did and continues to do every day. A zoo lets you experience everything from the fine, fine detail of a bird wing or tiny tree frog, to the grand size of an elephant or rhino all in one place.  How can that not be awe-inspiring?

Okay, yes, sometimes it’s too hot, or rainy or your feet are tired or someone is bored so your zoo visit might not be as wonderful as you’d like it to be.  But if you at least go into it with an expectant attitude, that you will be blown away by Creator God, hopefully at least part of the adventure will life both your heart and spirit and draw you together in faith.

To increase your chances of having an inspired trip, I also recommend taking along my book for the car ride, or using it after your return home. Many common zoo animals are featured allowing you to extend your adventure a little longer in addition to filling up some of that summer free time.  You can purchase it on my shop page, or via your favorite online retailer.

I’d also love to hear about your zoo trip so please come back and comment below!

Be Inspired!
Cheryl Pickett

In addition to being Good Friday, April 22nd is also Earth Day. This is a great thing as the recognition of Earth Day has done a lot to help environmental causes over the years.

This year, I also read about a group that’s promoting “God Made Earth Day” which I thought was pretty cool. You can find them online if you wish.
Beautiful Earthphoto © 2011 Wistful ~ | more info (via: Wylio)

As you go about your day, I hope you’ll take a couple of minutes to consider how amazing our Earth truly is. From the vastness of the sky or mountains, to the shimmering wings of a tiny butterfly, everything declares the glory of our Creator God. A God who loved us enough despite our sin, to send His son to suffer and die in our place, giving us the promise of eternal life in a place even more spectacular than here.

It is a Good Friday indeed.

Sometimes when we think about animal families, we think they are very different from our human families. Sometimes that’s true, but not always. Zebras are a great example of that. In fact, they’re pretty good role models for what marriage should be like for us. They don’t get married of course, but see if you can think of the Bible verses they model very well as you read a few fun facts.

Zebras live in family groups of adult males and females and younger offspring. Single males only stay with the heard for so long-basically for as long as they are the equivalent of teenagers. After that, they find a female and start their own family unit.
Zebras in Ngorongoro Craterphoto © 2006 Geof Wilson | more info (via: Wylio)
The males are in charge of keeping zebra life on track. They stand guard and also are the first to cross something like a dangerous river. The females and children only cross after a male has tried his best to pick the least dangerous place. Scientists have also discovered that the males show affection for the females and young ones and lead their families through care and concern. We might call that love 🙂

The next time you see a zebra: Remember what a cool example they are for how husbands should lead their families through loving and caring for them.

Ephesians 5:28 In this same way,  husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. (NIV)

Be Inspired!
Cheryl Pickett

photo © 2006 Geof Wilson | more info (via: Wylio)

There are many people who are either not a fan of spiders or who are quite afraid of them. While a spider arriving unannounced as they often do can be momentarily unnerving, they are still incredibly miraculously made creatures and powerful examples of the genius of our Creator God.

This post by Dr Dino today offers lots of amazing and fascinating facts that will hopefully  inspire at least a  little love for those little 8 legged guys.

Be Inspired!

Cheryl Pickett