You know what I miss? I just miss eating food like greasy spicy tacos, cheesy nachos with jalapenos, popcorn, cereal that demands extra sugar, fat-filled desserts with heavy cream, real butter, brown sugar, and real processed yummy sugar. No substitutes. There was a time when I entered anywhere food I would be drooling in anticipation. Now, I enter a room with food and a sense of dread comes over me and my mind scrolls the laundry list of what I can’t eat because it just makes me sick, gives me heartburn, affects my shingles, has an effect on my kidneys. I sucked on an otter pop today and just a little bit of sugar had me reaching out for tums. It is just a sad sad day only because I really really wanted nachos today. Sad face
On a high note, I hiked at Red Rock Sunday and it is just such a magical place. I ran across an Apache Plume which I had to look up because it was blooming and it was the strangest thing because at first I thought there were little white caterpillars all over the plant, but it was more like soft fuzzy white little worms. Crazy! Then others had wispy bunches of feathery little bunches with pink ends. The transformation is one that I had not appreciated before but tucked behind one of the mountains is this meadow filled with these Plumes. If you look up close it almost looks like a coral flower from under the sea. I highly recommend you go out on a nature walk and take time to just take it all in.
Thinking about my nature walk reminded me of the book I read called “Why the Universe Is The Way It Is” by Hugh Ross. When we lose the awe of creation and that God created the universe and us then what are we left with? Humans can’t mandate, regulate, or environmentally justice anything that God has created.
Faith in Action:
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible” (Hebrew 11: 1-3).
Innumerable conditions to support humanity and civilization:
-Earth’s rotation: Tidal forces on Earth by sun and even more by moon keeps the planet’s rotation rate to 24 hours per day-Creation of day and night-Ideal for human life
-Fossil fuels: Bacteria in crust turns into petroleum into natural gas-human life only able to thrive due to petroleum exploitation and coal formation at the exact and equal timing for Earth to support human life
-Solar stability: Sun’s radiation is consistent to sustain global human civilization, layers of life remove greenhouse gasses from atmosphere in just right amounts to compensate the Sun’s heat-producing solar luminosity
-Human era coincides with the ideal surface temperature and ideal abundance and diversity of plants to support civilization
-Need of removal greenhouse gasses so need plant photosynthesis for livelihood
-Carbon dioxide is necessary for efficient photosynthesis
-Less plants = less animals = affect humans
-Perfect eclipses: humanity’s arrival in the solar system coincides with eclipse window
-Plate tectonics: lifting of continental landmasses timing perfect for human life-landmass perfect size, shape, distribution, and elevation, positions of continents, islands, and oceans optimal for human civilization
-Humans arrive on Earth too early-radiation exposure of volcanoes and earthquakes would be destructive, Later- no nutrient-rich volcanic soil to sustain human life-essential
**Lineup of so many independent time windows with the brief human moment on the cosmic calendar speaks powerfully of purpose-Creator of such an environment must possess unfathomable power, genius, and resources
Prayers that nature brings you joy. May the sun regenerate your soul. May the sound of the breeze through the trees bring you peace. And the sounds of the movement of water bring you rest.
I heard a new song by Natalie Grant and Cory Asbury called “You will be Found.” Beautiful message:
Even when the dark comes crashing through
And when you need a friend to carry you
And when you're broken on the ground
You will be found
So when the sun comes streaming in
You'll reach up and you'll rise again
If you'll only look around
You will be found
Blessings to you all,
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