Wednesday, January 28, 2015

squirrel nest

My boss planted several maple trees for shade outside our office windows ten years ago when we moved into the building.  Those trees now have grown up to not only provide shade, they also furnish a home for a squirrel family.  I was looking at the squirrel nest yesterday, now clearly exposed nestled within the bare trunk and branches.  The squirrels had used intelligence to pick a spot where the trunk had divided into three main vertical segments to form a natural "basket" that could be filled with sticks and leaves.  The nest was high off the ground for protection from potential enemies below.  The nest was large, perhaps two feed wide and 18 inches deep.  And the construction was sound, maintaining integrity despite strong winds and precipitation.  Where did the obvious intelligence and design capability come from to fashion such a squirrel sanctuary?  Instinct, you may say.  Genetic transmission from earlier squirrel generations, you may say.  Perhaps...but regardless the mechanism for passing on the capability, there is an evidence of ability that seems to far transcend the potential most of us would ascribe to a small, furry creature.  I believe that the One who designed the squirrel also provided the intelligence it would need to thrive.  He has done this for countless species of creatures, from microbes to mastodons...and can be relied on to also do so for Man!
Genesis 1:21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird-each producing offspring of the same kind.  And God saw that it was good.
Rob Smith

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