John W. Hanson
One cold Saturday morning last March I was enjoying a stroll at the Great River Walk in Hartford CT. I had traversed Founders Bridge and was meandering through the lakeside park admiring the sculptures and beautiful skyline, when I heard a loud “rat-a-tat-tat”. Following the sound, I left the path and surveyed the trees until I spotted the source of the racket. I paused for a few minutes to observe an industrious woodpecker, as he enthusiastically bore a hole into the tree to which he was tenaciously clinging. I marveled at yet another testimony of a Creator; a little clue that the world was planned and brought into existence by someone far bigger and more intelligent than you and I.
The woodpecker is an example of what is known as perfection of the organism. Such an organism is one in which several traits exist that are interdependent on each other and would be useless or even harmful if these traits were not fully developed from the beginning. (www.projectcreation.org) The idea that one a day a typical bird decided to chop a hole in a tree and suck out some bugs may not be far-fetched, but to believe that a bird which was not born equipped for the task would survive the process is preposterous. A woodpecker is specially designed for the job he must do. He must have talons that can secure him to the tree. His beak must be able to exert 1,200 g upon each impact. He must be able to hammer the tree at the rate of 1,000 blows per minute. The last two factors require that he have a built-in shock absorber that keeps him from beating his own brains out. In addition, he must have an extra long tongue that is rolled up and stored when not in use.
Any bird that was trying to evolve into a woodpecker would die of starvation or occupational hazards in the process.Following the fittest survive logic, every intermediate creature would have become extinct. An ordinary bird attempting to do what a woodpecker does would, at the very least, give himself a concussion and, at the very most, make a hole but not have a tongue long and sticky enough to remove the coveted insects.
The world is full of plants and animals that could not have developed via the evolutionary model, since they could not have survived the intermediate forms of life required to become what they are today.Some of the more obvious examples include: beavers, giraffes, poison-shooting spiders, and fly traps. (For more information, watch the fascinating documentary series, by Dr. Jobe Martin, called Incredible Creatures I, II & III.)
God left these clues for the benefit of people who have humble, teachable hearts. The hard-hearted will devise theories that fit their belief system, but the teachable will look at the tangible evidence and admit that every species was intelligently designed and engineered to fit perfectly in an ecosystem. If that were not the case, none of us should be worried about the extinction of a species, because, if evolution saved us to this point it should save us in years to come. Personally, I think you will be safer and happier believing the little clues left by your Creator.
If you’ll take time to talk to Him, He’ll begin giving you clues that he is alive and that He loves you. This article may be one such clue. Follow the evidence. Respond to the tug you feel in your heart. Watch world events unfold just as predicted in the Bible. Notice the joy that true, committed Christians experience. Read the Bible and notice the verses that jump out at you. Let your emotions go when you pray and be aware of God’s loving response.These are all clues that there is an awesome God and He want to have a relationship with you.
This article “God’s Little Clues” was submitted personally by Pastor J. W. Hanson. July 2010. It may be used for study & research purposes only.