It's a small world we live in.

Wilsons_2013 Posted by Rory Wilson on Tue, 27 Oct 2009 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

It is often said how small the world has become:
• Our Matron, Sister Justine is often reminding us in morning worship how we live in a ‘global village;’
• In the course of a few weeks in April, “Swine Flu” was able to spread from Mexico to Scotland and across Europe;
• It is fairly easy to get on a plane and flit over to Uganda for a few days mission tourism to salve the conscience and to top up on a dose of sunshine to stave off the osteoporosis and seasonal affective disorder;
• Kellogg’s cornflakes made in Warrington are available to purchase in Kampala to satisfy the cravings of those so desiring….

Lying on my back looking up at the sky I can see many swallows, martins and swifts darting hither and thither feasting on innocent insects carried up in the heat of the day. Many of these birds have returned from Europe where they have spent the summer before leaving their Happy Princes to return to warmer climes. It is remarkable that these birds have been making this long migration for millennia and we are only emulating their ability to travel in recent years. We also seem to be consuming rather larger environmental expenditure as we do so – probably only the insects on the migration routes are the environmental losers of these winged travellers.

Last evening I visited a local dam where cattle are watered. The water levels are still precariously low and I was chatting to the locals about their travails. Two terrapins were trying to unobtrusively take breaths above the water without making their presence too obvious for any would be predators. There have never been terrapins in this dam in the three years I have been visiting it. Presumably their usual watery home has dried up and they have gone on a safari to find some fresh water to reside in. How on earth does a 10 inch amphibian have the wherewithal to manage to walk miles across the open savannah in search of water – and succeed?!

We don’t marvel enough at this amazing world.

Some of us are impressed that God has created such an astonishing array of interrelated fantasticness.
Others may be pleased that the evolutionary powers have achieved such a zenith of natural selection.
Whichever camp you’re in we’re all prone to not being as impressed as we should be.

This world is absolutely amazing.

For my part it seems an incredible step of faith too big for me to believe that it’s all by chance, and I buy beyond any reasonable doubt that a creative God is behind it all.
BUT I often don’t enjoy it all as I should.

Let me encourage you to enjoy with me the simple pleasures of this creation again. Children get excited by furry caterpillars and how frogspawn can become tadpoles – we still have much to learn from them.

Toodlepip.
Rory

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