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Only God Could Create…

A Bowl of Kittens!

800_7070Only God could create a bowl of kittens! These are two of a litter of four at my daughter’s family’s house in Rome, Georgia. It’s more than amazing that an eternity ago God knew they’d be born last month. That’s hard for me to imagine, but I guess that is one of the ramifications of omniscience – he is all-knowing. Think about this: John 17:24 says “for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” He loved my daughter, son-in-law and grandkids before the foundation of the world. He knew the beginning of each of their lives, what day, what hour, what minute. He knew they’d live in Rome and knew they’d love cats! And he knew these two kitties would be born and when it was time, formed them using his wisdom, power and handiwork. And he even threw in different personalities that they’d each develop.
Now that’s pretty awesome, isn’t it!!!

Spiders and Roses!

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Last year Carol and I went to Costco and saw a pallet of double knock-out roses on sale for just a few dollars each. We planted them and now have a whole front yard full of beautiful roses. After two seasons, the roses are a constant source of beauty and enjoyment to us and our neighbors who frequently comment on their health and constantly blossoming flowers. Last week I went out to get the newspaper and saw this spider who had decided to make the roses home! This little friend has been there now for over a week and tonight caught some rather large beetle it will feed on for a few more days. I got to thinking that the spider is completely unaware of what it took to provide this perfect home for his pleasure. It is unaware of the thought, the fertilizer, the watering, care and  pruning that keeps the roses blooming. It simply lives its life as God intended. There is a parallel with our own lives. We have an infinitely intelligent, caring and loving Heavenly Father who has made our planet a place of beauty, nourishment and wonder. And we are oblivious to what it took for Him to make it all happen. Oh the wonder of the mighty God who could make soil, rain, plants, sun, spiders and roses!

John Piper has a great observation about God’s beauty and glory: “The beauty of God is as pervasive and practical as the glory of God. If we admire the glory of God, we are admiring God’s beauty. If the glory of God has an effect in our lives, God’s beauty is having an effect. If God acts to magnify this glory, he is acting to magnify his beauty. So consider the pervasive and practical place of beauty in all things.” Take a minute and read his blog entry “How Pervasive and Practical is the Beauty of God?”

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Technical: Nikon D800, Nikkor 60mm 2.8 Micro lens, ISO 400, 1/250 sec, F5.0



An Egg!

An Egg!We had two of our granddaughters over for the weekend (ages 6 and 8) and I don’t think I’ll every see an egg the same way again! After we fixed breakfast (the kids helped) they decided they wanted to hatch a couple of the eggs that didn’t suffer the fate of being eaten by us humans. So finding an appropriate “nest” to keep them in (a pot holder with a hand pocket did just fine), they proceeded to “adopt” five eggs from the egg container for the weekend. They became the center point of everything we did as they nurtured the little fellows to hatch. Not wanting to dampen their enthusiasm, we enjoyed helping out. The little guys were very cold so we built a fire in the fireplace and put them in a pot on the mantle with a soft rag so they could be warm. During the night our 6 year old was convinced she heard one of the eggs begin to crack open so when we awoke, she had them nicely in her bed all snuggled under a blanket. One of them indeed had developed a crack just like a little beak was trying to poke out. (I took the macro picture above as soon as I saw it!) This really looked like a little chick was trying to get out and it created great excitement!

I felt it would be a great teaching opportunity so I decided to put things in perspective for them.

“Ok, girls, just think. Those eggs we ate for breakfast were all gooey and all we saw was a yoke and some clear stuff, right?”

“Right Papa George.”

“And just imagine that in only about 20 days, God takes all that stuff and makes a hard beak out of it, creates little eyes, feathers, feet, skin. A little heart, and even a voice so the little chick can peep! Isn’t that amazing!”

“Uh, yes, Papa George, it really is but we think these chicks are about to hatch NOW!”

“Right, well we’ll see…”

Later that day when my wife asked what the girls wanted for dinner, she got an emphatic “Well, definitely NOT eggs or chicken!”

After they left, we gave the eggs to our daughter when she picked up the girls and told her how they had been a part of the family over the weekend. So she laughed and carefully placed them in her car to take home for the long journey home.

It did get me to thinking about the egg and how God uses this amazing process to start life in so many of His creatures! And no matter what egg it is (including the egg we started with), He takes a single cell and as it divides and multiplies, it begins to form brain cells, eyes, bones, toes, teeth, vocal cords, little ear bones and nerves that allow hearing…

Ok, if you think that all happens by some kind of random process, you have MORE faith than me!

I say, Only God could do that!

(by the way, here is a link to “How to hatch an egg”)

After seeing our granddaughters faith, joy and wonder, it reminded me of what Jesus said about children and how much we can learn from them!

Mark 10:13-16 – “And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.”

Matthew 18:3 – “And Jesus said, ‘Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.'”

Technical Stuff: Shot with a Nikon D800, Nikkor 60MM f2.8 Micro lens, Nikon SB910 flash, and grandchild held Lumiquest reflector!

A Tiny But Determined Tree Snail!

A Tiny But Determined Tree Snail!
I found this tiny little snail this morning in my garage after a rain. It was only about 1/4 inch across but so unique and perfectly formed with both a crusty hard shell for protection and a soft elastic body that could navigate all around its environment. I decided to take a closer look and picked him up and took him out to my deck. It took the little fellow about 10 minutes before he poked his head out (well, actually just his eyes!) to see whether it was safe. Eventually, his gooey body unfolded out of the little shell. I saw such amazing features looking through my micro lens I thought I’d share them with my OnlyGod365 friends! I asked my wife Carol what she thought of when she saw this photo and she immediately said, “Perseverance!” I thought that was a perfect description! Even though it probably only travels at a couple feet per hour, it found a way to escape my deck after I went inside for 15 minutes to eat a sandwich! I found a scripture that illustrates perseverance, but it DOESN’T call on us to move at the pace of a snail!!!

Hebrews 6:11 And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Technical stuff: Shot with a Nikon D800 camera, Nikkor 60mm F2.8 macro lens, Nikon SB910 Flash, Lumiquest hand-held reflector.

Here are few more amazing shots of our little buddy…




A Tiny Water Drop Reflecting the Forest!

A Tiny Water Drop!I stood out in the rain and took this photo of a single raindrop dangling off a Dogwood tree branch. It wasn’t until I got in the “digital lightroom” of my computer that I saw that what it reflected – the trees, sky and even its own branches were in sharp focus while it’s own image was diminished. This seemed a perfect example of the quote from John the Baptist – “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

John 3:27-36:
To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less.

The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God[b] gives the Spirit without limit.

The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.”

Rocks That Burn and Create Light, Heat and Power!

Rocks that Burn!

Only God could create a rock that burns and allows us to use it to create light, heat and power. We take this amazing rock for granted…coal!
Without it we wouldn’t be able to look at these cool blogs on our computers.
By the way, this is a COLOR photo of a piece of coal about 1″ high! : )

A Dry Cracked Pattern in the Earth

Dry Cracked Lake

A Dry Cracked Pattern in the Soil at Lake Lanier – God Gives the Rain and God Takes it Away