Wonders of God in Nature

Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your wonders. From where the sun rises to where it sets, you inspire shouts of joy. Psalm 65:8

There are wonders of God in nature that less than half of the younger adult population of the U. S. don’t comprehend and understand. Why less than half and not more than half. The answer lies if you analyze the demographics of younger adults in America. The U. S. had gone a long way to reach this plateau. And that’s because at this point of time, what had been taught in colleges and universities and my! my! even elementary and high schools had come to fruition.

And with that, I’d like to express my sadness for what’s happening in America. The disintegration of what’s being taught in schools and more so, the disintegration of schools and institutions of learning. That took a while to happen but this is the point in our country when the bad had somehow overtaken the good.

When I said above that almost half of the population of young people in this country don’t comprehend the wonders of God in nature, it means just that. They don’t believe in our Creator so what we have in nature, if you listen to them is anathema to it being squared up with who God is. Nature is God to say it another way, not in the sense of beliefs like animism or that nature is equivalent to God. No. God created nature and to say nature and God are one and the same means you don’t have any idea who God is.

I do pray that what’s happening to America will be reversed. And I do pray that it will be reversed soon. Good always triumphs over evil and God always triumphs over evil. And it’s evil what’ s happening to our schools, our government, and most of this country’s institutions. Let’s set aside our discussion so far and find out the wonders that God had created in nature.

Those who have the time to watch as the sun sets behind the mountains and think deeper why are in awe our the wonders of God’s creation. The play of colors as the sun goes down is tantalizing: soft, pastel shades of cacao, red and orange hues, plum, red-orange, glowing pink, pale pink, orange-yellow, beige, pastel pink. You can still see a little of the blue of the sky and clouds but as the sun continues its descent, you’ll see the blues less and less.

Sunsets

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Personally speaking, sunsets are wonders of God in nature. Watching one would be a great time to be introspect, to meditate God’s goodness, grace and mercy, to look beyond our problems and sit and contemplate our relationship with Him and His creation.

I watched quite a few sunsets when I was a lot younger. I watched the famous sunsets of Manila Bay when I was in college.  Maybe being young and naive probably put me more easily in a sort of meditative state. After all, I had no mouths to feed, no bills, no money. Also being introspective in nature facilitated that meditative state much easier. Like any 20 something, I mostly thought about girls and crushes and a little problems here and there. I worried more about the acne on my face than my future.

Solar and Lunar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes in front of the Sun causing a shadow to fall on certain portions of the Earth. The eclipse is not seen from every place on Earth, but only from the locations where the shadow falls. From these locations, it appears as if the Sun has gone dark.

There are three main parts of the Moon’s shadow during an eclipse called the umbra, penumbra, and antumbra.

Lunar Eclipse

A total lunar eclipse takes place when the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon and its shadow covers the Moon.. Lunar eclipses have the same three phases or types as solar eclipses including the umbra (total), antumbra (annular), and penumbra (partial).

A Blood Moon

A total lunar eclipse is sometimes called a Blood Moon, because of the reddish tinge the Full Moon takes on when fully eclipsed

And the Bible reminds us that’s what God wanted all along — to show us His existence, His power, His love, and His care.

“The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world” (Psalm 19:1-4).

The heavens declare the glory of God

The Beautiful Earth

God made the universe and everything in it; that’s obvious to anybody who believes that the earth and the cosmos didn’t come out of nothing.  “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).  In the six days that followed, God made the Earth and everything in it (Exodus 20:11).

Looking at how intricately Earth is designed, it becomes clear to those who start to meditate about how the earth got made that Somebody designed it. After all, the works of Shakespeare didn’t just come out of nowhere. His sonnets and dramas were not typed by a monkey using a typewriter like some atheists claim could happen if we give it billions of years.

Look at this sonnet:

Not from the stars do I my judgment pluck;
And yet methinks I have astronomy,
But not to tell of good or evil luck,
Of plagues, of dearths, or seasons’ quality;
Nor can I fortune to brief minutes tell,
Pointing to each his thunder, rain and wind,
Or say with princes if it shall go well,
By oft predict that I in heaven find:
But from thine eyes my knowledge I derive,
And, constant stars, in them I read such art
As truth and beauty shall together thrive,
If from thyself to store thou wouldst convert;
Or else of thee this I prognosticate:
Thy end is truth’s and beauty’s doom and date.

Only a fool would think that somehow, a monkey typed the sonnet above. The atheist would say, of course, it could after billions and billions of years. Which is how they say that the earth and universe, and you and I came into being. Just give it billions and billions of years.

I believe that it might have taken the universe 13 billion years and the earth 4 or 5 billion years to come to what we see now. The difference in an atheist’s thinking and my thinking – I believe that there is a Creator, an Intelligence, a God who created the cosmos. How can anybody advance a hypothesis that everything in the universe came into being by assuming that it is here by chance! And the argument ends there.

More Wonders of God in Nature

The Dead Sea

Judean desert of southern Israel

 
 

The Dead Sea, another natural wonder on the border of Jordan and Israel, is one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world. Its salinity ranges from between ~36 ‰ in the southern part and 41 ‰ in the northern part around the Gulf of Suez, with an average of 40 ‰. (Average salinity for the world’s seawater is ~35 ‰ on the Practical Salinity Scale, or PSU; that translates to 3.5% of actual dissolved salts.)

So salty that you can famously float in it and that no macroscopic organisms can survive in it. It was one of the world’s first health resorts and has supplied a wide variety of products, like salt, mud, asphalt and potash.

The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea salt

Maldives
Indian Ocean

The Maldives is one of the wonders of God in nature in the Indian Ocean, that spans across the equator. The country is comprised of 1192 islands that stretch along a length of 541 miles. While the country covers an area of approximately 34,750 square miles, only 115 square miles of that is dry land. The islands are grouped into a double chain of 26 atolls. The nation’s highest point is only about seven feet and 10 inches off the water (it’s the world’s lowest country). Only 200 of the islands are inhabited.

This area of Indian Ocean alone houses numerous species of fish, sea turtles, whales and dolphins, mollusks, and echinoderms ( major group of marine animals characterized by a hard, spiny covering of skin like the sea urchins and sea cucumber). The Maldives is home to about five percent of the planet’s reefs that comes with a multitude of color contributed by soft and hard corals that form them.

Wonderful underwater view of the corals in the Maldives

The Black Forest
Southwestern Germany

The Black Forest is found in southwestern Germany, source of the Danube and Neckar rivers. . It occupies an area of 2,320 square miles and extends toward the northeast for about 100 miles from Säckingen on the Upper Rhine River (at the Swiss border) to Durlach (east of Karlsruhe). Germany’s famous Black Forest is famously dense and dark, but it’s also home to fairytale castles (the place where Hansel and Gretel had their encounter with the witch and where Little Red Riding Hood was followed by the wolf), the cuckoo clock, charming little quaint towns and ruined castles.

The Black Forest gets its name from the oppressive canopy of evergreens looming above the forest floor. As the setting of countless Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales, it’s a region that’s part of the state of Baden-Württemburg but was shaped as much by its history as a long-disputed borderland between Germany, France and Switzerland.

A stunning waterfalls at the Black Forest

Pagsanjan Falls
Province of Laguna, Philippines

Pagsanjan Falls is one of the most famous waterfalls in the Philippines. Located in the province of Laguna, the falls is one of the major tourist attractions of the region. The three-drop waterfall is reached by a river trip on dugout canoe, known locally as Shooting the rapids, originating from the municipality of Pagsanjan. The falls can also be reached from the top by a short hike from Cavinti.

The boat ride has been an attraction since the Spanish Colonial Era with the oldest written account in 1894. The town of Pagsanjan lies at the confluence of two rivers, the Balanac River and the Bumbungan River.

Pagsanjan Falls

Courtesy of Wikipedia

Pagsanjan Falls boat ride

Courtesy of Wikipedia

Mount Kilimanjaro
Tanzania, Africa

Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It has three volcanic cones: Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. It is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest single free-standing mountain in the world: 19,341 ft above sea level and about 16,100 ft above its plateau base.

Kilimanjaro is the fourth most topographically prominent peak on Earth. It is part of Kilimanjaro National Park and is a major climbing destination. Because of its shrinking glaciers and ice fields, it has been the subject of many scientific studies.

Kilimanjaro is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. Since Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller reached its summit in 1889, it has remained a popular climbing destination. It has also been the subject of many scientific studies because of its shrinking glaciers.

Mud volcanoes of Azerbaijan
Gobustan desert, Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan is home to between 350 and 400 underground and submarine mud volcanoes, one of the wonders of God in nature, more than any other country in the world. 350-400 of the 700 volcanoes of the world are in the Azerbaijani Republic.


There are more than 140 submarine volcanoes in the Caspian Sea. Eight islands in the Baku Archipelago are mud volcanoes by origination. The other kind of mud volcanoes are wells. Their activity can be observed among strata of various ages. According to the information, mud volcanoes initially began their activity in the territory of Azerbaijan 25 million years ago.


NASA geologists studying the planet Mars, concluded that Azerbaijan’s mud volcanoes have a similar structure to the uplands of Mars.
Volcanic clay and mud are used in the treatment of diseases related nervous system, skin and rheumatism.
On September 5, 2004 the largest mud volcano in the territory of Azerbaijan was added into the Guinness World Records.

An Azerbaijan Mud Volcano – Courtesy of Wikipedia

Vesuvius
Naples, Italy

As impressive as this Italian volcano near Naples is as a geographical landmark, Mount Vesuvius is most famous for its violent history, which includes the destruction of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis and Stabiae, as well as several other settlements in 79 AD.

Mount Vesuvius is a somma-stratovolcano located on the Gulf of Naples in Campania, Italy, about 5.6 miles east of Naples and a short distance from the shore.

The eruption ejected a cloud of stones, ashes and volcanic gases to a height of 21 miles, erupting molten rock and pulverized pumice at the rate of 7.8×105 cu yard per second. More than 1,000 people are thought to have died in the eruption, though the exact toll is unknown. The only surviving eyewitness account of the event consists of two letters by Pliny the Younger to the historian Tacitus.

Vesuvius has erupted many times since and is the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last hundred years. Today, it is regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world because of the population of 3,000,000 people living near enough to be affected by an eruption, with 600,000 in the danger zone, making it the most densely populated volcanic region in the world. It has a tendency towards violently explosive eruptions, which are now known as Plinian eruptions.

Mount Vesuvius Landscape

Jeita Grotto
Beirut, Lebanon

The Jeita Grotto is a system of two separate, but interconnected, prehistoric, karstic limestone caves (karst is a topography formed from the dissolution of soluble rocks such as limestone, dolomite, and gypsum spanning an overall length of nearly 5.6 miles. The caves are situated in the Nahr al-Kalb valley within the locality of Jeita, 11 miles north of the Lebanese capital Beirut. Though inhabited in prehistoric times, the lower cave was not rediscovered until 1836 by Reverend William Thomson; it can only be visited by boat since it channels an underground river that provides fresh drinking water to more than a million Lebanese.

The Jeita grotto is the longest explored cave in Lebanon. After many years of exploration, speleologists have penetrated about 20,300 feet from the entry point of the lower grotto to the far end of the underground river and about 6,990 ft of the upper galleries.

The upper galleries house the world’s largest known stalactite. The galleries are composed of a series of chambers the largest of which peaks at a height of 39 feet.

Aside from being a Lebanese national symbol and a top tourist destination, the Jeita grotto plays an important social, economic and cultural role in the country. It was one of top 14 finalists in the New 7 Wonders of Nature competition.

The Upper Jeita Grotto, thanks to Wikipedia

Matterhorn
Zermatt, Switzerland

The Matterhorn, one of the wonders of God in nature is a mountain of the Alps, straddling the main watershed and border between Switzerland and Italy. It is a large, near-symmetric pyramidal peak in the extended Monte Rosa area of the Pennine Alps, whose summit is 14,692 feet high, making it one of the highest summits in the Alps and Europe. The four steep faces, rising above the surrounding glaciers, face the four compass points and are split by the Hörnli, Furggen, Leone/Lion, and Zmutt ridges. The mountain overlooks the Swiss town of Zermatt, in the canton of Valais, to the north-east and the Italian town of Breuil-Cervinia in the Aosta Valley to the south. Just east of the Matterhorn is Theodul Pass, the main passage between the two valleys on its north and south sides, and a trade route since the Roman Era.

Since the eighteenth century, the Alps have attracted more and more people and fascinated generations of explorers and climbers. The Matterhorn remained relatively little known until 1865, but the successful ascent followed by the tragic accident of the expedition led by Edward Whymper caused a rush on the mountains surrounding Zermatt.

Angel Falls
Venezuela

Angel Falls is a waterfall in Venezuela. It is the world’s tallest uninterrupted waterfall, with a height of 3,212 feet and a plunge of 2,648 feet. The waterfall drops over the edge of the Auyán-tepui mountain in the Canaima National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Gran Sabana region of Bolívar State.

It was not known to the outside world until American aviator Jimmie Angel, following directions given by the explorer Félix Cardona who had seen the waterfall six years before, flew over Angel Falls on November 16, 1933. The falls are named after him.

The falls are along a fork of the Río Kerepacupai Merú which flows into the Churún River, a tributary of the Carrao River, itself a tributary of the Orinoco River.

Angel Falls is one of Venezuela’s top tourist attractions, one of the wonders of God in nature. A trip to the falls is a complicated affair. The falls are located in an isolated jungle. A flight from Maiquetia Airport or Puerto Ordaz or Ciudad Bolívar is required to reach Canaima camp, the starting point for river trips to the base of the falls. River trips generally take place from June to December, when the rivers are deep enough for use by the Pemon guides. During the dry season (December to March), there is less water seen than in the other months.

The Sundarbans
Bangladesh and India

Sundarbans is a mangrove area in the delta, the world’s largest contiguous mangrove forest in the world , formed by the confluence of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna Rivers in the Bay of Bengal. It spans from the Hooghly River in India’s state of West Bengal to the Baleswar River in Bangladesh’s division of Khulna. It comprises closed and open mangrove forests, land used for agricultural purpose, mudflats and barren land, and is intersected by multiple tidal streams and channels. Four protected areas in the Sundarbans are enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987 on the Indian side and 1997 on the Bangladesh side, it covers 140,000 hectares. The most abundant tree species are sundri and gewa. The forests provide habitat to 453 fauna wildlife, including 290 bird, 120 fish, 42 mammal, 35 reptile and eight amphibian species.