My mind has been captured with thoughts of all the things that sustain the flow of life on our planet. In a way life on this planet sits on a razors edge of probability, there is such a small likelihood that all the needed systems would be in place… I am amazed! It is also amazing to me that God has set things up on this planet so that life continues to sustain itself indefinitely. Whenever man makes something, it breaks down after a period of time. Cars, phones, houses, clothes, etc; everything breaks down over time. We need to repair and maintain our roads and everything else. People are constantly buying new things because their stuff is wearing out. But when God organized this planet, he set up a series of symbiotic cycles than sustain each other and just keep going. These ecosystems have been running for thousands or millions of years, and don’t need a repairman to come fix them.
To this end there are many different “cycles” flowing on our planet. There is the water cycle; rain water falls down to the earth. The water is essential for plant and animal life. It flows in rivers, lakes, and oceans. The water is also constantly being taken back up through evaporation, creating clouds, which then fall as rain. If not for this cycle, life on this planet would be significantly disrupted, it might not even exist.
There is the cycle of O2 and CO2 between plants and animals. We breath O2, and exhale CO2. We need the O2 to survive and the plants need CO2 in photosynthesis and for growth. We need them and they need us. If photosynthesis wasn’t working, all life on this planet would cease. Photosynthesis takes sunlight and turns it into sugars usable by plants, and then animals eat the plants. The domino effect reaches all life on our planet. And God set all this up to just keep running indefinitely with no repairmen needed! Again, when men make things, they tend to run out of gas. If I start a fire with a match, the match cannot be used again, it is done. Our energy sources tend to get used up and need to be renewed often. We haven’t set up any man made systems that can just keep running on their own for thousands of years.
There is a symbiotic relationship between flowers that need pollinating and the bees and the other pollinators. Each needs the other for survival. If either one isn’t there, all life on our planet will be disrupted.
There is a symbiotic relationship between living organisms, and fungi and bacteria. When living organisms die, we need fungus and bacteria to break down the dead material so that it becomes part of the soil. If that wasn’t happening, we would have piles of dead things all over the place. What would we do with all the dead trees, grass, and animals? Soon our world be covered with dead stuff. We take it for granted how seamlessly this process works, of dying things returning to the dust, but again we have not been able to create something like it that just keeps on working.
I was thinking how amazing our physical senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch are. Just imagine if life started out with a single cell that somehow became alive. That cell would be using elements around it to help sustain its life. How long can it last? Eventually this little cell will die, but before it dies it needs to be able to replicate itself, and when it replicates itself, the daughter cell needs to be young and fresh. How does an old cell replicate itself and create a younger cell? We take it for granted, but that is amazing! Just imagine a 20 year old car. Let’s say you take it apart and reorganize the parts to make a different car. When you got done, you would still have car made of 20 year old parts that are likely to break down soon. Let’s say you make a new car with half the parts from the 20 year old car, and half the parts brand new. Well, those 20 year old parts are still likely to break down soon, we can’t expect them to be younger just because the other parts are new. And yet old cells replicate and the new cells are young. When a child is conceived, the new little life has young cells. Let’s say the father and mother are 30 years old, somehow the new little infant growing in the womb doesn’t have 30 year old cells. The cells that make up this infant are young and new, they don’t have 30 years of wear and tear on them. How do you do that? How do young cells come from parents who are 30 years old? We don’t know the answers, but it is divinely orchestrated.
But now let’s go back and pretend there is a single cell organism that somehow came to life, and can replicate younger cells. It would have no “awareness” of the environment because it would have no senses. So how does this little cell develop the ability to sense its environment? How could it develop sight, the ability to see a distance away from its current location and be aware of other things around it? That is astounding! Each of the physical senses is amazing, and bear witness of a divine creator. And then the development of male and female genders that must come together to perpetuate the species. Again, this is beyond mere coincidence. The probability of all of this coming together without a creator is so small it’s impossible. Imagine finding a 500 page book out in a desert. Of course someone must have written the book. It would be laughable to say that over time the elements came together in just the right way so that the pages, and the words with a coherent story line,and the illustration on the cover, all just happened to be there. Even if you took 500 pages, and left them out in the desert, and left several bottles of ink nearby, would it ever come together as a 500 page book without an author? Of course not! And yet the simplest life form, the simplest ecosystem, is more complex than a 500 page book.
And so I am very, very grateful for all of the amazing life all around me. I am grateful for the goodness of God orchestrating such a wonderful world for me to be in. Things are not perfect here, but we are all each richly blessed in ways we are not even aware of. And as I look at my challenges, I realize that God has figured out solutions to much more complex problems than the ones I am looking at. None of my problems have God stumped, he knows how to help me though them. I am his son, I have divine DNA within me, and it is his plan to exalt me. All the genius of creations were designed to give his children a school ground where they could learn through experience to become more like him. A Savior has been provided to give us the needed grace to learn through mistakes and sin. Everything we need has been put in place, there is nothing to fear!