On a Wednesday afternoon, I had an intriguing conversation with a student about the intelligence of human beings compared to animals. My student felt that animals were more intelligent than humans in some ways and I understood why he felt that way. This led into a conversation of how humans’ intellectual capacity allows for us to have a complex system of communication. Then it occurred to both of us that animals do communicate, but we humans just do not understand what they are saying. Then, I shared with my student how one morning I woke up to the sounds of birds chirping and I wondered, “What are they saying?”
My student joked that the birds were talking about how dumb humans were…then I asked him has anyone ever studied bird communication or tried to interpret any animals’ vocalizations. My student shrugged his shoulders, laughed, and said, “I doubt anyone cared enough to study that.” We both laughed it off and bid each farewell. Alone in the classroom, I thought to myself, “What are we missing by not understanding what birds, or other creatures, are saying…and should we take the time to listen and try to understand?” I was curious about the lessons nature can teach us and thought I should do a study on it “one day.”
The next morning after that conversation with my student, I began the book of Romans as a continuation of reading the New Testament since the beginning of the 2013. I was shocked at what I read in the first chapter of my devotional reading:
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Can you say confirmation?? One day came sooner than I thought. I believe that God led me to research things of nature that would reveal to us about His nature. So where do I begin in this study—why not “In the beginning”? Stay tuned for the first lesson titled Creation: The Clearly Seen Invisible.