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“… What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” Psalm 8:4

Have you ever thought about this? God, who created the heavens, the earth, the stars, the oceans, and every living creature, also created man and made him just a little lower than the angels? That is what He did!

Have you considered that this same God clothes the lilies of field in splendor and feeds the sparrow? Before you were even born, He knew your name, and also knows how many hairs are on your head? He does!

Have you pondered that because He sent Jesus as a sacrifice for our sins, when He looks at us, He no longer sees our sins, He sees Jesus? He adopted us. Now we are sons and daughters “legally” of the Most High God. We have the same privileges as the King’s son!

Having considered these things (and more), we must know that it is not because of anything we have done, or could do to deserve it. It is not about us at all. His wonders are about Him. Through all these things we can see it is because of God’s character that He is mindful of us.

“He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and compassionate.”
Psalm 111:4

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I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

King David, Psalm 139:14

“People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long course of rivers, and they pass by themselves without wondering.”

St. Augustine

The human body is amazingly complex.

– In just one year, a person’s heart beats 40 million times.

– 50,000 of the cells in your body will die and be replaced with new cells, all while you have been reading this sentence.

– Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles per hour.

– The acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve razor blades.

– The human body is estimated to have 60,000 miles of blood vessels.

– You use 200 muscles to take one step.

– Your body gives off enough heat in 30 minutes to bring half a gallon of water to a boil.

God knows about every single aspect of our bodies.  He designed it and loves it.

As I see a pregnant mother I can’t help but think to myself, God already knows that child. Isn’t that amazing?  Parents can have a pretty good idea of what to expect with all the technology in place these days.  We can find out gender, what their nose is shaped like.  There are things we don’t know though.  What their personality will be like.  What they will grow to be.  What day they will learn to walk.  One of the amazing WONDERS of God is…He knows ALL of that!  We are fearfully and wonderfully made.  Everything about us is known to Him and is for His glory.  I rejoice in the fact that my God knows me so well.

Take time today to thank God for the WONDER that you are!

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Each Spring we wait for and watch “our” Sandhill Cranes as they set up house for the summer. When the babies, usually two, show up, we look out our windows often hoping to catch a glimpse of them throughout the day.

Sandhill Cranes are said to mate for life, which I think is so sweet. Both parents feed the young, but it isn’t long before the babies are able to feed themselves. The babies are educated by both parents in how to be successful adult cranes. They learn to fly…when they grow up they can potentially have a wing span of around 6 – 8 feet. Running and dancing are also part of their home-school curriculum.

God’s wonderful creativity is continually on display and not just in the zoo or on the nature shows. From the solitary creature that slithers through the jungle in Brazil, to the mighty beasts who travel in herds in Africa, to the leggy family of birds who stalk through the pools of rain water in my backyard…these creatures are all beautifully unique and they all point us to worship their Creative Maker.

Do you have any wonders in the backyard? Where do you see God’s character on display around you?

“For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been make, so that men are without excuse.” Romans 1:20

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An Olympic size swimming pool holds 2,500,000 liters of water.

Lake Michigan is said to hold approximately 4.92 quadrillion liters of water.

More than 2,000,000 cubic miles of freshwater lies under the earth’s surface.

How much water is on the face of the earth?  The estimate is roughly 1,260,000,000,000,000,000,000 liters.

The idea of that much water sloshing around the world is somewhat mind boggling to me, as I sip water from my .9 liters of purified water out of a bottle.  There is only one person who can truly comprehend accurately the quantity of H2O on the face of our planet and the watery wonders below…our Creator God.

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance? (Is. 40:12)

Wonderful! The Lord is wonderful! Take a moment to meditate on the capacity of our God who measures the waters in the hollow of his hand. He holds the waters…He can hold my loved ones. He holds the water…He can hold my most difficult circumstances. He holds the waters…He can hold me!

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The heavens declare the glory of God…” Psalms 19:1

Astronomy is fascinating.  On a clear night, especially away from city lights, you can look upward into a calm beauty that leaves you breathless.  And if you have a telescope,  another level of vision is granted and the sheer magnitude of the size of the heavens begins to sink in to your soul.  All of a sudden, mankind is so very small and God is so amazingly glorified.

When was the last time you looked upward, pondered the wonders above, and praised the One who created the night sky? On the next clear night, make a date with yourself (and your friends, kids, or spouse) to sit on a blanket and observe the wonders revealed above.  It is a great way to worship and a great way to end the day.

Want some fast facts about astronomy?  Check out this excerpt of an article from the Answers in Genesis website:

Today, the local Milky Way galaxy (of which our sun is a part) has been found to contain 200,000 million stars. What an astounding result! If somebody could count three stars per second, after 100 years he would have counted less than five percent of this number.

Our galaxy comprises not only an unimaginable host of stars, but the size of this bright starry band in the sky is also astounding. Its diameter is said to be 100,000 light-years.

Astronomical distances are too large to be measured in kilometers, so light-years are used instead. One light-year is the distance that a light ray travels in one year. At a speed of 300,000 kilometers (186,000 miles) per second, it amounts to 9.46 million million kilometers (5.87 million million miles).

Can we really grasp such an immense size? And this is not the only galaxy. With the naked eye we can see three more, namely the two Clouds of Magellan near the southern celestial pole, and the Andromeda galaxy in the constellation of the same name. The Andromeda galaxy is thought to be 2.25 million light-years from us.1

Its total light emission is equal to 2,500 million times that of the sun. However, at this distance stars (as opposed to galaxies) having the same luminosity (light output) as the sun can no longer be proved to exist by the use of optical telescopes. The Andromeda galaxy is the most distant object in the universe that can be seen by the naked eye, except for the occasional supernova.

Numerous other galaxies have been discovered by means of the prolonged exposure of photographic plates. The total number discovered thus far is probably in the region of several hundred thousand million, and it may even amount to a few million million.

The total number of stars in the observable universe is estimated to be 1025 (1 followed by 25 zeros). Nobody knows the actual number.

(http://www.answersingenesis.org/creation/v19/i2/stars.asp)



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