One particular day, our dog caught a squirrel up on the birdfeeder. She had gotten out of the door at a full sprint and reached the birdfeeder before the inattentive squirrel, busy stuffing his mouth, realized that the dog was even there. The squirrel was frantic, not knowing what to do, and our dog repeatedly jumped up at the squirrel and barked at him. Finally, the squirrel climbed on top of the t-bar on top of the feeder, positioned himself at one end, got a running start, and shot off the other end of the t-bar as if he were being shot out of a cannon. I had a great laugh at this spectacle; it was one of the funniest things I have yet seen these little creatures do. It was quite clever, too. By this method, he was able to get a good 15 feet out from the feeder before he hit the ground and immediately began running at full speed. He had a head start before our dog realized what he had done. Thus, he was able to get himself safely out of a real predicament and reached the safety of his tree before our dog could reach him.
As amusing and wonderful each of these creatures are, I am always reminded of the great God who created all of them and created me. As I’ve noted before in my blogs, the Bible tells me that “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:13-14). In the same way, these amazing creatures that give me and my family so much amusement are also fearfully and wonderfully made. There are so many varieties of these animals, and they are all amazing in their own way. I can look at them and see the tremendous creativity, wisdom, and love of our Amazing God in each of these creatures, just as I see these things in the formation of my own body. Our Amazing, Boundlessly Loving Creator formed each of us personally in our mother’s wombs, knitting us together in great detail and with great love. Moreover, He has given us amazing bodies that are fearfully wonderful in their capabilities and their intricacy.
There are many amazing facts about the human body, but here is just a small sampling.
· Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles per hour.
· The brain operates on the same amount of power as 10-watt light bulb.
· The human brain cell can hold 5 times as much information as the Encyclopedia Britannica. Or any other encyclopedia for that matter. Scientists have yet to settle on a definitive amount, but the storage capacity of the brain in electronic terms is thought to be between 3 or even 1,000 terabytes. The National Archives of Britain, containing over 900 years of history, only takes up 70 terabytes, making your brain’s memory power pretty darn impressive.
· The acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve razorblades.
· The human body is estimated to have 60,000 miles of blood vessels.
· Scientists have counted over 500 different liver functions.
I pray that you will be blessed today by a close walk with God and that you will remember to be thankful for the amazing body that God has blessed you with.