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Eden, a Lily, and the Manger

That I would notice is proof of creation and of Eden and of the sixth day. That I would question Holly as to the classification of the flower, and that I would even think to do so, is proof that God made me quite a different creation from that of a dog or an elephant or a monkey. For which of those animals give any indication of caring about Holly’s tiny, neglected (so she told me) plant?

That I would lift my camera, focus with care, and process such an image tells of God and of how He made me. Biological evolution, you say? Creatures squirming from the sea, ascending then into trees, evolving into chattering monkeys, and then into me? You say? You think?

Been around any photography stores lately? Did perchance you see a monkey or a dog customer? Even one–just one– orangutan peering around the corner, or through the show glass just a bit reluctant to walk up to the counter and inquire about cameras and settings and price?

That I would see the tiny flower, that I would note its struggle for existence, (for it is as small as a paper clip), and that I would detect its pressing to unfold from its confining sheath, and that I would process its image is of God. The eternal, omnipotent, all-wise One. The One who somehow was born of a woman and laid in a manger of Bethlehem.

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Amazingly, An Orangutan Fishes With A Spear

I never tire of looking at the creatures with which God has filled our earth. Such beauty, variety, instinct and raw intelligence are exhibited in the animal kingdom, and from earliest days have brought joy and intrigue to man. Sometimes I think of those creative days and of Adam who was given the job of naming all the critters of the earth, and wonder just how it all came to be.

God had placed Adam in the garden of Eden to care for it, and one day, God said something important to Adam. Might have gone like this.

“You know all those animals I made, Adam. Well, I haven’t decided what to call them, and as one of the first of your jobs here in this paradise, I’d like you to come up with a name for each of them.”

I don’t know…did Adam lounge about under a tree and chew on a blade of grass while he considered his assignment? Did he lean back, arms under his perfect head as he gazed at pristine clouds in a sapphire sky? Did the animals come by for a visit…nudging against him, parading their beauty and uniqueness…or did Adams meander around the garden, touching a lion or a gorilla or a horse, saying your name is…

However it happened, Adam named them, and, in the English language, one is called orangutan. They’re still around, still orangutans, and through the internet today, I met one who is a fisher. Take a look at this splendid fella. He’s a smart one–fishing with a spear. First time such a thing has been documented.

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A male orangutan, clinging precariously to overhanging branches, flails the water with a pole, trying desperately to spear a passing fish.

It is the first time one has been seen using a tool to hunt.

The extraordinary image, a world exclusive from the book, Thinkers of the Jungle by Gerd Schuster, was taken in Borneo on the island of Kaja, where apes are rehabilitated into the wild after being rescued from zoos, private homes or even butchers’ shops.

Neat, huh?

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You Did What?

You may recognize this gentleman here as being Craig Venter, who a few days ago, told of his having created the first new life form on earth and of his being poised to made the official announcement.

I was going to write extensively about this today, but when I found that Renaissance Guy had done so yesterday, I decided to suggest you read at his place. He has an excellent site and you also might find his material and link to Alan Keyes interesting. Zip over and talk about the subject there…or here if you’d rather.

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