I woke up this morning and got in a nice, easy, solo 5k. I ran 3.1 miles in 24 minutes and 19 seconds, which was an average pace of 7:49 per mile. Not many more days until the end of this crazy challenge!
I needed to get my run in first thing in the morning because today was the last day of school for our kids. We homeschool and our three oldest kids are in elementary school. We also have a son in pre-school and a two-year-old daughter who just plain makes school interesting…
Since it was the last day of school, we wanted to do something special. We packed up the kids this morning into our Ford Transit and drove to the Cleveland Zoo.
According to Jodi’s Garmin wristwatch, we ended up walking about 8 miles today at the zoo. It was a full, fun day.
I was amazed during today’s Bible reading (John 8-10) at how plainly Jesus was speaking to the religious rulers, and how obvious his works were, and yet they simply refused to believe. Or maybe it would be more accurate to say that they were blind to the truth. Either way, I feel like these three chapters, especially, make it so obvious that Jesus is the Son of God, one with the Father, and sent by the Father, and doing the will of the Father, and yet many of the religious leaders refuse to believe it.
In the case of the blind man who had been healed, they did everything they could to disprove the obvious truth – that this man had been healed by God through Jesus!! When they could no longer put up a semi-valid case against Jesus, they just became angry and threw the once-blind-now-seeing man out of the synagogue.
Today at the zoo I was struck with similar thoughts. I was amazed by the pink flamingos standing on one foot. I was mesmerized by the incredibly unique giraffe. I watched the elephants for a long while as they used their trunk to reach out, grab, and then pull food into their huge mouths. I was a bit freaked out by the snakes and tarantulas. I was blown away by the size of some of the fish that we saw (both huge and tiny). I laughed at the monkeys, wanted to hold the cute koala, and marveled at the sloth. I searched in vain for some of the frogs and scratched my head over the chameleon.
All of these incredible animals, reptiles, and amphibians.
Meanwhile, we walked past hundreds of human beings. To the best of my knowledge, we humans were the only ones who were wearing clothes, who were reaching into our back pockets to pull out our wallets and pay an entrance fee to see caged creatures, and who used those same wallets to pay way too much for not-so-great-tasting lunch.
All of this brought about within me an overwhelming sense of awe for our Creator.
How in the world could someone possibly look at these same things and come to the conclusion that evolution brought it about? How is that possible?
How did evolution create all of these incredible, unique, completely different creatures?!
The only possible answer, in my opinion, to how someone can look out and declare, “Wow! All of this came from a single cell evolving over millions of years into what we see now” is utter spiritual blindness.
Like the religious leaders in the chapters that were read today, they see the same things that I see, but they refuse to accept the obvious fact: that this is from God! Anyone who tries to convince them of the truth will ultimately be “thrown out of the synagogue”.