CS Lewis said something along these linesâ€“at least I think it was him, and I think this is what he saidâ€“â€œNever go a day without wondering at something God created.â€ I think it is good advice and have come to enjoy taking a moment each day to wonder and consider the beauty and simply enjoy the glory of a mighty storm front, a snowfall in which every single flake is hand crafted as it were, or the antics of some critter of God.Â
So, I want to begin sharing some of my observations. God has given us two books to read in order to come to understand Him more: the Word in Text, and the Book of Nature. All creation is pointing to the realities of Christ Jesus our Lord. The question is, how well are we studying these books!Â
Did you know, for instance, that there is a bird called â€œClarkâ€™s Nutcracker.â€ Funny name, I know, but this little guy is incredible! It is native to North America, and is commonly found perched in the boughs of the white pine tree. The white pine is one of the trees where we get pine nuts from, and thereby pesto . . . which I think is reason enough to rejoice and give thanks unto God! However, Clarkâ€™s Nutcracker also has a penchant for pine nuts. In fact, he has a pouch in his mouth that allows him to hold anywhere between 50-150 nuts, AT ONCE! Now, what does he do with this pouch, once it is full of nuts?
Glad you asked. He doesnâ€™t eat them. He goes and buries them (1-15 per location) in multiple locations. His mind is locationally wired to be able to remember, up to nine months later, and even buried under snow, precisely where each of the caches are!! Get outta town!!! But it gets cooler! In an average season, a single Clarkâ€™s Nutcracker can plant around 100,000 pine nuts!!!!
[insert gaping mouth here]
Since the little guy buries so many seeds, and does not end up harvesting all of them, he helps plant the next generation of white pine. And we are told that this all happens because of a shake of the cosmic dice! Yep, thatâ€™s likely. If we were to see a farmer planting 100,000 seeds, and then remember precisely where he planted them all, and then saw in amazement as he reaped his crops several moths later, we would praise the incredible skill, forethought, and wisdom of said farmer. Yet we are told, by shientishts, that Clarkâ€™s Nutcracker does what it does because way back when â€œnothingâ€ decided to burp and out came birds that plant a 100,000 seeds every year, remember where he planted them so that he can survive the cold North American winters, and also maintains his habitat! YEAAAAHH Right!