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Sir Isaac Newton, “This most elegant system of suns and planets can only arise from the purpose and
sovereignty of an intelligent and mighty being. He rules them all! There’s the sovereign one above all
things.”

Albert Einstein, “The harmony of natural law reveals an intelligence of such superiority that compared
with it, all the systematic thinking of human beings is utterly insignificant.”

Wernher von Braun, “One cannot be exposed to the law and order of the universe without concluding
that there must be design and purpose behind it all. Through a closer look at creation, we ought to gain
a better knowledge of the creator.”

Their words ring out across the boundaries of time and space.

Brilliant minds filled with all, but the matchless brilliance of the creator’s hand.

Plato, Aristotle, Leonardo da Vinchi. Each drawing inspiration from order and artistry of what they
beheld.

Galileo, Kepler, Nicolaus Copernicus.

And as they looked up into a universe where the stars outnumbered the grains of sand on all the ocean
shores, the wonder of God’s work would shine not only through the infinite cosmos that fill their eyes,
but from the very creation upon which they stood, a remarkable planet called Earth.

The planet Earth, since the beginning of time, its very existence in the Universe has endured as a
mystery and wonder from one generation to the next.

A thousand years before the birth of Christ, the Hebrew shepherd David looked into the heavens and
like countless others in the night pass the days and yet to come was filled with all for the world God had
made.

“How may are thy works, O Lord. In wisdom you made them all. In the beginning, you laid the
foundations of the earth and the heavens are the work of thy hands.

One generation will come in thy works to another. They will tell of your mighty acts. Your works are
wonderful and I know that full well.”

“The astronauts are often accused of not being able to express themselves very well when they come
back about really what it’s like to be up in space.

And I think there’s a reason for that. I think that because when you look down at the earth, the word
that comes to my mind is ‘awesome.’

You just are so completely surrounded by the majesty of God in his creation.”

For 11 years, Colonel Guy Gardner was an astronaut in the United States Space Program.


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He flew two missions in the space shuttle.

“On my first space shuttle mission, we had very busy first day, exciting first day.

But no time to really pause and reflect on where you were and what you were doing in the uniqueness
of it all.

But that night as we got ready for bed, the commander and I slept in our seats upon the flight deck.

We just kind of floated above the seats with the seatbelts loosely fastened around us to keep us from
drifting off for the night.

But as we drifted off to sleep, we could look out the windows and we were in an attitude where the
earth was going directly below us at the front windows of the shuttle.

And to look down and reflect on everything that is down below you within your field of view was just an
incredible experience.

The tears well up in my eyes as I’m looking out at this awesome view.

And of course because of zero gravity, they don’t roll down your cheek, they just kind of bubble up on
your eye and you can’t see anymore.

It was just an awesome experience. It’s really beyond words.”

“The more we’ve learned about our solar system, the more unique the earth appears to us.

We have sent probes out to study the other planets in our solar system. Some have even gone beyond
our solar system.

We have intensely studied the planets with ground base telescopes as well as the telescopes from orbit
around the earth.

And yet, the more we learn and see about our universe, the more we come to realize that the most
ideally suited place for life within the entire solar system, and perhaps the entire universe, is the planet
that we call home.”

While considering the creator and his handy work, the Old Testament prophet Isaiah wrote, “He is the
God who formed the earth and made it. He established it and did not create a waste place but formed it
to be inhabited.

Today our planet is home to more than a million different species of life.

Diverse, sometimes exotic, and each relied upon extraordinary system of condition and provisions that
insure their survival.

Let us explore just a few of the countless miracles that make life possible.




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For to understand how the earth supports its inhabitants is to see more clearly the character and
attributes of its creator.

It has been called the most important substance in the universe.

A chemical treasure, flowing freely, perhaps nowhere else but planet earth.

The product of two atoms of hydrogen bonded to one of oxygen.

Shaper of continents, controller of the climate, and no living thing can exist without it.

The water of life.

The earth has been blessed with liquid treasure.

70% of the planet is covered by more than 326 million cubic miles of water.

In fact if the earth was perfectly smooth, its waters would submerge the land to an average depth of
8500 feet.

Colorless, odorless, and without taste, at the same time, supremely ordinary and spectacular.

And daily it touches every facet of our lives.

It takes about 200 gallons of water to make a single loaf of bread.

700 gallons to refine a barrel of petroleum.

25 gallons to provide a pound of beef.

And more than 40,000 gallons to build one automobile.

But as impressive as these figures are, the importance of water is perhaps vast revealed by this fact.

More than 60 percent of every human body is H20.

2500 years ago, Thales of Miletus, the father of Greek philosophy, thought that the earth was sustained
by water.

As we now know, his premise was quite accurate.

But what is it that really makes this priceless resource so unique and vital?

Throughout both nature and the laboratories of science, the answers abound.

It has long been recognized that water is the most remarkable solvent on earth.

To demonstrate this ability, more than a cup of sugar is poured into a beaker already filled to the brim
with water.




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Surprisingly, instead of overflowing, the liquid totally dissolves the sugar without affecting the water
level.

Given enough time, water will dissolve almost any other substance.

Its significance as the universal solvent is graphically displayed in the process of erosion.

Every time a water drop falls to earth, it dissolves and collects molecules of chemicals, nutrients, and
minerals.

In fact, nearly half of the world’s known elements are found in its waters.

Without this ongoing process of collection, the earth’s land base plant life would cease to exist.

For only as nutrients are dissolved in water can may be absorbed and consumed by the vegetation of
our planet.

Yet through erosion waters work as an agent of collection and supply is only partially complete.

After the chemicals and minerals are dissolved, they must be transported to the food producing
structures of a plant.

A trip into space reveals some unexpected clues into how this task is accomplished.

“One of the fun things to do when we are up in space in a weightless environment, in zero gravity, is to
play with your food. Particularly, the liquids.

Water in space doesn’t flow because there’s no gravity to cause it to do that. Instead, it forms a little
bubble.

Whenever you put your lips upon it trying to suck it in of any size at all, instead of all coming into your
mouth, it will kind of stick all over your face and get up your nose and it cause you to spit and sputter as
you are trying to drink it.”

Back on earth, water’s ability to form a liquid skin is only slightly less visible.

On a damp morning, trillions of water molecules cling together to create these droplets.

This phenomenon, known as surface tension, also enables the water strider to walk on top of the pond,
and beads of liquid to roll off the backs of these coots.

Yet everyday, surface tension’s greatest role in creation is probably carried out here.

Capillarity, the force that causes water to rise within a constricted space, is constantly at work
throughout the plant kingdom.

As water’s surface tension and the liquid’s attraction to a solid material, in this case the glass tube, draw
the fluid upward.



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To illustrate this principle, the stem of a white carnation is split and placed into containers of colored
water.

The time lapse camera accelerates our view of the process.

If water was unable to creep upward away from the pull of gravity, the chemicals and minerals plants
must have to manufacture food would remain in the soil, eventually breaking the chain of life vital to
most of the planet’s organisms.

How effectively can water be raised within a plant?

Consider that for more than 2000 years, capillarity and the hosts of other forces have worked to lift at
least a ton of water to the top of each of these red wood giants everyday.

For rugged splendor and power, few places on earth can rival Alaska’s Glacier Bay in National Park.

Here, mountains of solid ice lies hundreds of feet above the sea often calving or breaking away under
their own weight.

Nearly three fourths of the world’s fresh water supply is locked in polar ice caps and glaciers like these.

And beyond their majestic presence, they stand as vivid examples of yet another unique property of
water vital to life on earth.

In the days when the milk man delivered his product in a glass bottle, freezing temperatures often
produced an unexpected effect.

Again, our time lapse camera speeds up our view of the action.

Milk is 87% water and it’s the water in the milk that has froze and expanded.

Almost any other substance like this melted paraffin, whether solid, liquid, or gas, will shrink in volume
as its temperature goes down. And as it shrinks, it becomes more dense.

Water also shrinks during most of the temperature drop toward the freezing point.

But below 40 degrees, something amazing happens: water expands and becomes less dense.

As it freezes into a solid, its density continues to decrease until it has finally gained about 9 percent in
volume.

This is the reason ice floats.

It occupies more space than liquid water without weighing any more.

Since ice floats on the surface, it acts as a layer of insulation protecting the water and life below from
freezing.

Now, if water acted like other liquids and became more dense when frozen, ice would sink and more ice
would be formed on the surface.

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In the winter, the rivers and streams would freeze and stop flowing.

Lakes would freeze solid and eventually a disastrous chain reaction could cause even the oceans to
become locked in ice.

Warmer temperatures would melt only a thin layer of surface ice forming a shallow slush.

Like the flowing water and intolerable extremes in climate would render the planet uninhabitable.

But God created earth to sustain life, and in his wisdom, orchestrated each detail necessary for survival.

Daily, more than 10,000 thunderstorms explode across the planet.

Most of them releasing more power than a 100 kiloton nuclear bomb.

A storm like this is one step in a cycle of results in the purification and distribution of earth’s fresh water
supply.

This hydrologic, or water cycle, is an incredible machine.

Generating more power each day than man has been able to produce throughout the course of history.

Let’s follow its course for yet another glimpse of God’s continuing care for the earth.

To understand the water cycle, we must first look to its main theater of operation.

97% of earth’s water supply is stored in its oceans.

In order to serve the majority of the planet’s inhabitants, two dramatic events must routinely occur.

Salt must be removed from the sea water and the water then transported throughout the earth.

Powered by the heat of the sun, both objectives are accomplished.

As liquid water is transformed into a gas leaving the salt behind, it rises vapor like for the air.

At daybreak, similar action can be observed from a lake or a riverbank.

Annually, about 95,000 cubic miles of water are drawn into the atmosphere through evaporation.

And on the process, one of creation’s most wondrous spectacles fills the skies.

A cloud is actually an ingenious vessel of transport comprised of water droplets.

They are easily carried across the planet by prevailing winds.

As the clouds rise higher into the air they cool and later contract squeezing out their life giving current.

Remarkably, since the day of their creation, the waters of the earth had neither grown nor diminished in
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In fact, the same water you used to wash your car last weekend may have lapped upon the shores of
Nile during the reign of the Pharos.

For through out history, our liquid treasure has been purified and recycled to be used again and again.

2000 years before the principles involved or discovered by science, one of the earliest accounts of the
water cycle was written in the scriptures.

“All the rivers run into the sea but the sea is not full. Unto the place where they came, the return again.”

A flowing gift, life blood of the kingdoms of plant, animal, and men.

Its life on earth is hardly the complete result of an instant recipe that reads just at water.

To understand why, we need look no further than the moon.

A mere 240,000 miles away, the only life to ever stand on the barren face of our nearest neighbor came
in the form of our own astronauts.

Their explorations revealed conclusively that the moon is 100% dead unable to support the smallest
organism.

Even if water could somehow be added to the moon’s surface, nothing could survive for there is far
more to life on a celestial body than rivers, oceans, and rain.

The creator’s formula for life on earth involves a multitude of factors and ingredients all working
together in precise balance.

Solomon, king of Israel, once proclaimed that the Lord, by wisdom, had established the earth.

In light of recent scientific discovery concerning our planet and the solar system, the ancient kings in site
appears increasingly profound.

Consider the earth’s distance from the sun, 93million miles.

Not surprisingly, this distance has enormous effect on the planet’s climate.

Our special relationship to our primary source of heat and light, positioned neither too close nor too far
away, has resulted in a very comfortable, average, global temperature of 59 degrees Fahrenheit.

Even in the planet’s most severe environments including the 130 degree heat of the Sahara desert and
the frigid climes of Antarctica, a large variety of organisms thrive quite well.

On our nearest planetary neighbor Venus, however, conditions are drastically different.

Often called the earth’s twin because of its similar size, Venus orbits the sun at an average distance of
only 67 million miles.

Surrounded by a suffocating atmosphere, daily temperatures here soar to over 900 degrees; hot enough
to melt lead.

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While on Jupiter with an orbital distance of nearly 484 million miles, temperatures hurtle around 200
degrees below zero.

The hope of finding life on this, the largest planets in our solar system, has all been vanished.

If we point the time lapse camera toward the North Star, the resulting footage reveals another critical
provision for life on earth.

The apparent motion of the stars is the result of the earth’s rotations on its axis.

It spins 360 degrees once every 23 hours 56 minutes and 4 seconds.

A moderate rate, when compared to most of the other planets, it proves ideal for in the course of each
day the entire global surface is properly warmed and cooled.

The significance of planetary rotation is underscored by a look at Mercury.

Traveling on the closest orbit to the sun, it rotates completely on its axis only once every 59 earth days,
resulting in prolonged conditions both of devastating heat and stifling cold.

As on Venus and Jupiter, the possibility for life here now seems nonexistent.

Despite formidable obstacles, the search for life beyond the earth has long captivated human
imagination.

And for many years, the greatest hope for success settled here upon Mars.

The fourth planet from the sun, Mars possesses some striking similarities to the earth including an
almost identical rate of rotation and angle of axis.

Many astronomers believed that frozen water could be found in the Martian Poles and that the large
channels apparent on its surface were once carved by flowing rivers.

In 1976, however, hope turned into a disappointing reality as the Vikings space craft explored,
photographed, and collected soil samples from what appears to be another dead sterile world.

Most scientists now feel that the Mars is a place of total desolation and waste.

Too far from the sun, too cold, and without a gravitational pull strong enough to contain one of the most
vital components of all, a life sustaining atmosphere.

“One thing that really strikes me when I look at the earth, quickly at the horizon, as we are roaming
around the earth from space, and you can see the same thing in pictures that we bring back from space,
is when you look at the earth’s atmosphere, there is this very very thin band in blue out there against
this enormous planet.

And you realize just how fragile it is and how special it is that this little layer is just right for the life, takes
care of down below on the earth.”



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It has been said of the earth that the existence of its inhabitants hinges upon a thin and delicate sheet of
gas that envelops the planet like the skin of an apple.

All atmosphere more than 99% of which extends less than 50 miles above the planet’s surface is
primarily comprised of 78% nitrogen and 21% oxygen.

This mixture seems almost perfect for life while at the same time acting as a protective shield from the
deadly radiation of the sun.

By way of contrast, the barren surface of the moon provides a vivid picture of what the absence of the
atmosphere can mean.

Yet in the creator’s formula for life, even this dead satellite of the earth plays a crucial role in our
survival.

The rise and fall of the oceans’ tides is actually controlled by the moon’s gravitational pull.

If it was much closer to the earth or significantly larger, devastating title waves could submerge large
areas of the continents.

Move the moon too far from the earth, however, and title motion would cease causing the water to
stagnate along the coast lines.

In either case, life as we know it, would be dramatically impacted.

As inhabitants of the earth, we are passengers of all the unique and remarkable spacecraft.

For inherent in our planet’s design, millions of attributes and characteristics are at work in a harmony
unmatched in the solar system.

And daily they unfold before us while sustaining the existence of every living thing.

And abundance of flowing water, and a favorable pattern of climate, fertile soil suitable for agriculture,
ocean tides that cleanse the shorelines.

A life supporting atmosphere filled with clouds that transport the liquid treasure.

And ideal size and gravitational pull, a protective magnetic field, the optimum location in the solar
system.

They are ingredients in a matchless formula. The absence or change in any one of which could prove
cariostatic.

Stop and consider the wonders of Him who is perfect in knowledge.

He is the God who formed the earth and made it.

He did not create a waste place but formed it to be inhabitable.

“In the first chapter of Genesis, we read that God saw all that He had made and it was very good.

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And when you look down at the earth and when you look at creation, you see that not only was it an
incredible design functionally that everything fits together and works, but there’s also this enormous
beauty in what you look at.

To start out over the jungles of Africa and look down on the beauty of the jungles in the coastlines and
the deserts, and few minutes later we’ll be flying over the snow-covered mountains in Siberia.

It’s just incredible and it’s just beautiful to look down on with the myriad of colors and the waters, and
landmasses at the horizon, and the beautiful thin blue line of the earth’s atmosphere, watching sunrises
and sunsets coming up the through the atmosphere and going down.

You are just overcome with the amidst beauty of the creation.

That God not only created a place that we can live in but He created the place where we can enjoy, and
enjoy fully.

Aristotle once noted that the beauty is the gift of God while Italian poet Donte echoed, “All of nature is
His art.”

From the subtle beauty of the Aurora Borealis to the ornate pattern edged upon a seashell, every corner
of creation is a visual showcase.

Sculpted, colored, and formed to light the eyes of the beholder.

Consider the snowflakes that fall to earth on a winter’s day and the number of winter days in the life
time of our planet.

When photographed through a microscope, we marble at the integrate design and craftsmanship
incorporated into every flake.

Each is built upon the same six-sided frame work yet each is different.

And as far as we know, no two snowflakes have ever found to be exactly alike.

Their beauty serves no practical purpose; God could’ve allowed their formation to result in the same
shape as mass.

Yet instead, he chose to create a gallery of countless, individual masterpieces.

It is in contemplating beauties’ existence that we see them all complete picture of the creator, for it
seems that the earth was not only designed to support life but also to bring pleasure to the people who
live there.

Both of these objectives were described in Genesis chapter 2.

And the Lord God planted a garden in the east in Eden and He made all kinds of trees to grow out of the
ground. Trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.




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Since the first signs of vegetation pushed their way through the soil, many of the most brilliant displays
of the beauty and sustenance to be drawn from the earth have been revealed in the plant kingdom.

More than 300,000 different species of plants paint the earth with the living mural.

They are the source of food, clothing, and shelter.

Medicines are derived from their stalks and roots.

Most of the oxygen we breathe is released from their leaves.

Like water, the atmosphere, and the magnetic field, they are special creations, integral threads in the
fabric of our living planet.

To explore even briefly, any facet of their existence is to behold yet another view of the wonders of the
earth.

As the flower opens its petals to the world the curtain rises on a timeless drama.

Beyond their beauty, they labor as living machines for the production of seeds and in their critical task
rests not only the next generation of roses or daffodils but the ultimate survival of every living thing.

Observe how a seed is formed in an Iceland poppy.

Each of the dust-like grains of pollen on the anthers of this flower contains half of the genetic blue print
for a fully developed plant.

As a honey bee collects and then transfers pollen to the top of the poppy’s female reproductive organ,
the pistil, a fascinating and rarely observed sequence of events is setting the motion.

Through the window of the microscope and time lapse camera, let’s take a closer look at a single pollen
grain.

Triggered by moisture the grain germinates and sends out the thread-like tube downward toward the
interior of the pistil.

Its destination, the poppy’s ovary.

Here, within an enclosed chamber, hundreds of ovules await one of creation’s most awesome moments.

Again, through the microscope, watch as the union of pollen and the ovule is actually revealed.

Growing steadily, the tube is drawn directly to the wall of a single, unfertilized ovule and the spark of life
is ignited.

As the flower fades, both the ovary and its contents mature and the powder remains silently declares
the seed’s formation is complete.

For the vast majority of the world’s vegetation, a ripen cone, fruit, or pod will proclaim a similar miracle.


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And when the time is right, they represent to the world a living treasury of seeds.

They are packages of life, each holding the em burial of a living plant and the promise of a new
generation.

Locked within their shells of the cornfields of Iowa and the rainforests of Brazil, yet to successfully
release their enormous potential, they must first reach an environment suitable for growth, the stages
set for the seed to enter the world.

The journey of seed to soil is a corner stone of life on earth and often it is empowered by human hands.

In an attempt to satisfy the universal needs for food, clothing, and shelter, countless millions of tons of
seeds are harvested and dispersed each year.

Through the timeless endeavor of agriculture, our country sides and continents are filled with vast
oceans of vegetation.

And regardless of the methods or technologies employed, one fact remains constant: the survival and
advancement of civilization is linked directly to the incredible power of the seed.

But beyond the realm of machines and human toil, a very different story unfolds.

For it is here among the sometimes overlooked majority of the world’s sea bearing plants that
spectacular displays of both design and purpose become moment by moment occurrences.

Throughout nature, the simple act of seeds’ dispersal holds life and death significance.

To survive, each must ultimately reach an environment with adequate food, water, and space to grow, a
place most often found beyond the shadow of the parent plant.

In its quest, the seed may travel a few inches or half way around the world.

But regardless of the distance, in the provisions that make their journeys possible, the creator’s power is
uniquely displayed.

To catch a glimpse, a man need look no farther than to the grass at his feet.

In a field of wild oats, the seeds provision for travel is both surprising and remarkably affected.

For the next few moments, keep your eyes fixed on the slender filaments attached to the end of every
seed. They are called “awns.”

And each is a mechanism highly sensitive to change his in humidity.

Watch closely as alternating cycles of moisture and heat are added to their environment.

First the damp air triggers reaction and the awns respond by winding up tightly.

And when the air dries out, they react to the change and unwind.


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After a few days of this continual twisting, both awn and seed work their way off the plant.

But being earth bound does nothing to change to their response to the weather and an amazing journey
begins.

The time lapse camera speeds up the action but what you are seeing really happens.

The twisting awns actually propel the wild old seeds along the ground and the mechanics involved are
remarkable.

As the awns push their cargo forward, thin hairs growing from the sides of the seed keep it from sliding
back.

Then when gravity tilts the seed nose first, the awns demonstrate another facet of their versatility as
they plant their cargo into the soil.

After studying the wild oat, one botanist noted, “It must not be assumed there’s any directing grain
within these seeds.” Of course he was correct.

But after watching them for awhile, it’s not hard to see whether just might be reason to wonder.

In a plant of oxalis the provisions for dispersal take on different but no less ingenious dimensions.

Standing less than an inch in height this slander capsule may well be a resident of your own backyard.

It is a fruit formed from oxalis flower, the storehouse for more than two dozen seeds.

This time, focus your attention on the outer layer of tissues surrounding each of them.

As the time laps and high speed cameras capture the essence of these living machines.

When the seeds are ripe, their thin outer layer looses moisture and contracts.

Simultaneously and inner layer of tissue absorbs water swelling to twice its normal size.

Under tremendous pressure the outer layer splits squeezing the seeds through slits in the fruit at speeds
exceeding 30 miles per hour.

Life is literally shot into the world.

For the scotch broom, native to Western Europe and common throughout the Pacific coast of North
America, the mechanisms for dispersal are even more dynamic.

When the yellow flowers die back, the pods that remain are gradually prepared to distribute their seeds.

Throughout the summer months, the maturing pods are exposed to prolonged periods of heat.

As the weeks pass they dry out and extreme tension builds within their walls.

It is the prelude to one of the nature’s most explosive overturns.


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The force of the scotch broom’s exploding pods can launch its seeds more than 50 feet.

Mynute specks(?) cast into an immense and hazardous world.

A world where the obstacles to survival are sometimes staggering and scope.

Yet the creator’s provision for the dispersal of the earth’s vegetation is more than equal to the challenge
of the wind, water, and fire.

In fact often the very forces that could destroy the seed play a pivotal role in sustaining the cycle of on
going life.

This continuing drama of trial and survival is revealed in the odyssey of the coconut.

Weighing several pounds, this remarkable vessel is constructed to withstand journeys of more than
1,000 miles in the open sea.

One of the world’s largest seeds, coconut is well equipped for the hardships of the aquatic travel.

The key to the coconut’s survival lies in its air-filled outer husk.

By itself, the edible seed would become water-logged and sink after only a few days.

But when incased in a buoyant fibrous container, it can remain afloat for more than a year, its
embryonic plant protected from deadly salt water.

The conditions are severe, yet the coconut is not only designed to survive the ocean’s waves and
currents, it can ultimately depend on them to transport life to a distant shore.

The balance of life on earth sometimes hinges upon the most unlikely of relationships.

In a forest of Knobcone pines, the importance of natural forces to the dispersal of the seed reaches its
apex.

Throughout the Pacific Northwest, the knobcone pine is known to produce some of the world’s hardest
and most protective cones.

Growing in clusters of round the limbs, these curiously shaped vessels posses a quality shared by few
others.

They refuse to open and release their seeds from one year to the next.

Instead, like impenetrable fortresses they remain sealed, strong enough to withstand the blows of a
hammer and the forest of seed hungry predators.

Even time and weather failed to take their toe as each cone’s vice leg grip holds fast, often for decades,
with rare exception in all of nature only one force is strong enough to take their hold.

The searing heat of a forest fire triggers an amazing chain of events and the cones begin to crack.


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By opening only partially and emitting a gaseous vapor, most of the seeds are insulated from the killing
flames.

Only when the fire has passed, will the charred cones open fully.

The miracle of the forest rebirth then takes its course.

Crafted, sculpted, and engineered to sustain life, a remarkable planet called ‘earth.’

“You know, the space shuttle is an incredibly complex vehicle.

But then when you compare the space shuttle with earth and life on earth, you realize that the shuttle is
nothing compared to the complexity of the planet we live on.

I have worked with the space shuttle program closely over several years and working with all of many
different people who have a part to play in a designing operation of the shuttle always astounds me that
all can come together for a successful shuttle launch.

Tens of thousands of people have worked to design and build all the parts.

I’ve traveled around and watched a small percentage of that of people doing their work, installing tiles
on the bottom of the shuttle, designing electrical circuits for the many many different computers and
equipment that are used to operate the shuttle.

And you look at it and there’s no way that you could think that this thing happen by chance, just by
accident, that this amazing piece of machinery is assembled itself.

It’s kind of like looking at the planet that we live on, the universe that we live in, and much much more
detailed and complex than a space shuttle, as complex as the space shuttle is.

And when you look at life and the more you learn about how detailed mechanism it is, it’s very hard to
think that this also must have happened by chance.

And you realize at the same time then, that there had to be a master designer, a creator of this planet.

And to me, that makes life all of more special because that tells me that instead of me being something
that it was just come along in the course of time live and die, that instead of that meaningless existence,
that I have someone who cares for me, who has made me, and cares about me, there’s someone I can
go to with my troubles, and my cares, and my joys.”




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