A Message from Outer Space

  For many years, scientists have had their ears cocked to the sky in a search of voices from outer space. They’ve used telescopes and satellites and huge antennae covering acres in order to try to pick up messages from outside our world, hoping to discover if there is life out there and to track down the source of our own existence. While space scientists may have drawn a blank, the amazing fact is that messages from beyond the world are silently signaling, but it’s not a telescope or an antennae we need to focus on them. All we need to do is focus on the order of life and space and we’ll hear “voices” from outside our world.  We have untold messages in nature. Just a few examples:

     1. The Formation of Crystals 
                 A crystal is a solid body, usually clear and transparent, which has a characteristic internal structure and is enclosed by symmetrically arranged plane            
                surfaces, intersecting at definite angles.   The plane surfaces are always in shapes involving the ratios of 2,3,4,6–and no other. Why not?  It’s as if the crystals                 form to programmed instructions.
    2.  The Construction of Bee Hives
                Every bee hive is built geometrically, with the same number of hexagonal cells per square inch in every hive. Who’s doing the thinking for the bees? Do they all
                use the same blueprint?  When a worker returns to the hive, it relates the distance of the nectar source by its body motion, and then lands at the appropriate
                angle on the hive with respect to the sun to point in the direction of the nectar source. Does the honeybee have some fantastic built-in computer system?
                If so, who programmed it?
     3.  The Fibonacci Series (an arithmetic progression)
                You start with one and add the digit before it to get the next (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89 etc). If that series of numbers were to come in
                from outer space on astronomers’ radio telescopes, scientists would shout “LIFE!”  The Fibonacci “message” is being received, but not in the 
                huge bowls of the radio telescopes, but in tiny cupped heads of the garden daisy, where tiny florets in its yellow center form detectable 
                spirals with 21 clockwise and 334 counterclockwise; or the scales on a pinecone with five spirals one way and eight the other; or the bumps on
                a pineapple which has eight or 13 spirals; or the center of sunflowers which have 34 and 55, or on larger blooms, 55 and 89–all of which are 
                adjacent figures in the Fibonacci  Series. Is this mere chance? The odds against are staggering? 
     4.  The Venus Fly Trap   
                It can count up to two!  It has trigger hairs in its jaw-like leaves. An insect alights on the lower leaf but nothing happens. The plant ignores the
                first touch, but upon the next movement, the trap springs shut.
     5.  Fiddler Crabs 
                Fiddler Crabs on the East coast change color for camouflage as the tide goes out. As the tide returns, the crabs go back to their pinkish 
                normal color. The strange thing is that this cycle happens 50 minutes later every 24 hours–to suit the moon’s control of the tides!  Even 
                removed from their native habitat, the crabs will continue to change color to coincide with every ebb of the sea–but they will adjust to any
                change in time zone and thus low and high tide!
     6.  Tree Crickets
                You can calculate the air temperature from the number of chirps per minute emitted by the tree cricket!
     7.  The list of such examples is endless. 
                a.  How does the salmon find its way back to its place of birth?
                b.  Who tells the birds to fly south for the winter and north for the summer? How can they find their way?  How can the tern migrate from pole
                    to pole each year?
                c.  How do baby opossums know they’re supposed to climb up into the pouch when they’re born?
                d.  Etc, etc……
     Surely all this shows that some extra-terrestrial intelligence is superimposing its mind in the most unexpected places. From the formation of crystals and the construction of bee hives to the chirping of a cricket, messages are coming through. The language of space is all around us. the Master Designer is maintaining and directing that which He created. He has a wonderful plan for even the tiniest of His creatures. 
     If God is concerned enough to camouflage the Fiddler Crab so it can survive when the tide is out or in–surely He is concerned about you and me–the crown of His creation. If God created tiny creatures which could respond to messages from the Creator, don’t you suppose that He made man such that he could receive “messages from outerspace”?  If God has such a carefully laid out plan for these tiny specimens of His creation, just imagine the plan that He has for you and for me!
     Undoubtedly the most incredible part of that plan included God, the Creator, becoming man and walking among us, to communicate with us, show us what He is like and then to rescue us from sin by becoming the innocent substitute for us by bearing our sin and dying on the cross.  We read in John’s Gospel: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth” (Jn. 1:1,14).  The writer to the Hebrews put it this way: “Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil; and might deliver those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives” (Heb. 2:14,15).    
     Christmas, despite all the commercialism and attempts to make it just a winter holiday, is still the celebration of this inconceivable event–the INCARNATION–God becoming flesh and dwelling among us, coming to rescue us from sin so we could spend eternity with Him in heaven. Jesus said, “I am come that you might have life and that you might have it abundantly” (Jn. 10:10).  Christmas is definitely God’s message from outer space, the message John recorded in that very familiar and beloved verse, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” (Jn. 3:16).  That’s truly the “Good News” from outer space that we need on this earth where mankind is in great turmoil due to sin. Have you responded to that message and received God’s love gift–Jesus Christ?
                                                                                                                    Forever His,
                                                                                                                          Pastor Dave

About Pastor Dave

Until my retirement 2 years ago, I pastored an independent Bible church in Northwest Montana for nearly 38 years. During that time I also helped establish a Christian school, and a Bible Camp. I am married and have children and grandchildren. The Wisdom of the Week devotional is an outgrowth of my desire to share what God is doing in my life and in our world, and to challenge you to be a part.
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