Monday, August 19, 2019

God's Fingerprints are on His Most Amazing Creations

I mentioned this post yesterday and originally wrote it just a few months ago, but with our grandchildren returning to school I wanted to share it again with you - in case you did not see it. Even if you did, please read it again, take time (in person or through tech) to connect with your grandchildren and praise God together for His amazing creation - be sure to tell them about the Carrier Crab and Fire Urchin to help equip them with the truth and some of the "whys" as they return to school. 

This is a Carrier Crab (look under the Fire Urchin in the photo below) - it lives in the Pacific Ocean. Apparently it is considered HIGHLY tasty to pretty much all its neighbors. So, to survive it uses its back legs to hold the Fire Urchin (by the way, did I mention the Fire Urchin is named "Fire Urchin" for an excellent reason . . . it is poisonous to all those hungry neighbors) and carries it around wherever it goes. When the Carrier Crab's hungry neighbors see the tasty crab, AND the poisonous Fire Urchin, they decide they are not as hungry as they thought they were - they leave the crab alone.

Now, how did the Carrier Crab learn to use its back legs to hold the Fire Urchin? How did it realize it could hold the poisonous Fire Urchin and doing so would make its neighbors more neighborly - or at least less hungry for Carrier Crab? Why isn't the Fire Urchin poisonous to the Carrier Crab? How did the Carrier Crab ever survive extinction in the process of figuring this all out? So many questions. Such a mystery . . . or maybe not such a mystery. 

The answer which makes the most sense, is God made them this way. It is easy for me to believe in God - He makes sense. I don't have to try and solve "mysteries" which are so obvious. And, knowing God went to this length to keep the little Carrier Crabs off their neighbor's menu, helps me trust Him to help me with the things I, and the ones I love, face in life, too.

God is amazing. Creation reflects how amazing God is and leaves me in awe. Share this truth with your grandchildren. Use examples like the Carrier Crab and Fire Urchin to show them how they are able to have confidence in the truth of who God is and how He created the world - and them. Point out as amazing as the Carrier Crab and Fire Urchin are - and they most certainly are - God left His fingerprints all over them and they are His most amazing creation. Share Psalm 139 with them to show how God knew what He was doing when He created them and He has amazing plans for them . . . 
You have looked deep into my heart, Lord, and you know all about me. You know when I am resting or when I am working, and from heaven you discover my thoughts.  You notice everything I do and everywhere I go. Before I even speak a word, you know what I will say, and with your powerful arm you protect me from every side. You are the one who put me together inside my mother’s body, and I praise you, because of the wonderful way you created me. Everything you do is marvelous! Of this I have no doubt.  Nothing about me is hidden from you! Even before I was born, you had written in your book everything I would do. Your thoughts are far beyond my understanding, much more than I could ever imagine.
Yes, the Carrier Crab and Fire Urchin are pretty amazing and show how great our God is, but our grandchildren are amazing and show God's greatness as well. Take time to look at old photos of your grandchildren with them and talk about ways God shows His fingerprints in their lives - then praise God together for being our awesome Creator!

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose 

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