It’s All So Utterly Unbelievable, Isn’t It?

How piece by piece, one intricate detail after another is woven together to form our natural world, each part fitting exactly where it should, doing exactly what it must. Dwell on this too long and you risk your head exploding at the sheer improbability of it all.

Intelligently designed by a divine Creator, or a chance explosion that sparked life in to existence? I leave those debates for others to address which the Good and faithful ColorStorm does here in his excellent post on the logic of God’s calling card.  Reading it inspired me to share some recent experiences of mine while in Hawaii.

First, I know I’ve said this before, but I am absolutely gob smacked by nature. The stunning beauty of our world and the wonderfully bizarre creatures that inhabit it, often leave me breathless. Add in the fact that each living thing has a unique and carefully crafted purpose and it’s enough to stop me in my tracks.

 This happened many times during my trip to the Aloha State, one being when I decided to join some other nature obsessed lunatics to catch the sunrise at the top of a volcano in Maui Volcano 2
Maui’s Haleakala National Park.

There we stood freezing our butts off, wondering if that 3am wake up call was worth it, when all of a sudden the sun popped up, bursting over a sea of clouds. After initial shouts of joy, all of us became silent and still, just awestruck for several minutes.  The glory of the moment sunk in as God so plainly showed his face.

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 In addition to their beauty, volcanoes also serve a very practical purpose. Without their eruptions the earth would eventually run out of carbon dioxide and the human race would go poof. Fortunately for us, each volcanic burst spews tons of CO2 back in to the atmosphere, along with essential nutrients that get spread to surrounding soil. Because of this the most fertile lands in the world can be found at the base of volcanoes. The cycle of life is both protected and spread by this process.

GrassSea life offers this cycle in abundance and there’s nothing like the shores off Maui for an explosion of fish diversity and color.

Yellow Stripe Goatfish   yellow striped pretty fish

Mere seconds after your head dips underwater you’re surrounded by the most bizarre and beautiful sights like the Parrotfish, whose silly lips kept smiling at me.

Parrot Fish

Parrotfish play a huge role in keeping delicate coral reef healthy and replenished by preventing the algae that gathers on top from suffocating it. Turns out its numerous teeth and parrot like beak are perfect for algae munching, which the fish will grind in its mouth along with bits of reef that get sent through it’s digestive system and then deposited back to the reef as white coral sand. Again, a perfect cycle of life protection and renewal in action!

Cornetfish

And if that’s not enough the Parrotfish often acts as a mode of transport for the always hungry Cornetfish, which will hitch a ride on its back to sneak up on unsuspecting prey. I’m not sure what the Parrotfish gets in return for this, but their  symbiotic relationship is fascinating to ponder.

An oddity of sorts is the Black Durgon Triggerfish. With its dark coloring and bright white border, the fish is striking to look at. It’s claim to fame though lies in garbage pick up, as they can keenly read dolphins and know precisely when they are getting ready to, um, release previously eaten food.  The Black Durgon position themselves appropriately near the back or front end and waits for the inevitable meal to pop out which they will attack with gusto!Black Durgeon Triggerfish

Not a glamor job by any means for this beauty, but a very purposeful one.  The waste and vomit they gobble up provide essential nutrients, while keeping the water pristine and liveable for its fellow sea dwellers.  Again the familiar cycle is repeated, recycle, replenish, renew.

Hawaii is an easy place to be reminded of how stunning our world is and how connected its interlocking parts; the raw beauty of it all practically smacking you upside the head the moment you arrive.

Preserve Flowers Waterfall

It’s true anywhere of course, as this symbiosis is found in everything. One part doing it’s job and unknowingly affecting others in countless ways, with all the little bits and pieces gravitating to exactly the right spot at the right RayofLighttime. Beauty in constant motion.

Is there no entity directing all this?  No ray of light showing us the way?  For me it’s become impossible to believe there is not.  Yes, seeds of doubt at times gnaw at my soul, but whispers of truth eventually become screams too loud to ignore.

Or as George Washington Carver once said, “I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.”

Yes, God is in the details and it’s all good.

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28 Responses to It’s All So Utterly Unbelievable, Isn’t It?

  1. Wally Fry says:

    Wow…beautiful pictures Tricia.

    Indeed…one would have to completely suspend disbelief to even imagine that the intricacies of the world we see around us just….happened. Nothing plus time still equals nothing. Remember Billy Preston? You might not be old enough LOL

    Nothin from nothin leaves nothin

    The only thing I could really say is that actually, it is so improbable as to make your head explode; that is true. But, knowing our God did it all relieves the pressure!

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  2. Sean Mungin says:

    Although I am a lover of nature already, you have just taken me on a trip that has literally blown my mind!!! I’ve learned so much from this piece…thanks for sharing!!! I look forward to reading more!!!

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  3. ColorStorm says:

    How God must smile tricia eh, when we temper nature through the Creator, and see the divine mechanism above us, underground, and underwater. I smiled at your description of all the connected life.

    ‘The glory of the moment………………….God showed his face………….’ Love the thought. It is so cool to share God’s goodness, this gob smackin as you say.

    That’s some mighty fine pr for the enchanted isles; moreso with the thread of heaven’s favor attached. Awesome pics too. Btw, tkx for the honorable mention 😉

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    • Tricia says:

      Indeed how He must smile CS and thanks for your comment. And of course I had to mention your post as it inspired this one. Good PR for the Isles maybe but you know I had some divine help with the photos….all i did was click the button, God provided the scenery…:)

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      • ColorStorm says:

        Divine help. Ha. Where can we look and not see evidence for the hand of God….some places just make it more obvious 😉

        Btw, are you familiar with Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, and his rendition of ‘Somewhere over the rainbow?’

        He was (deceased) a legend in Hawaii.

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        • Tricia says:

          Well that’s a good point, He is everywhere! I’m not familiar with the singer’s name but I think I know who you’re talking about. He did a wonderful version of that song.

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  4. Denyse Laird says:

    Tricia, I really enjoy reading all your posts. Please, keep sending them.

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  5. Denyse Laird says:

    Does your mother know what a gifted writer her daughter is?. You are so expressive. I just love your style and your selection of subjects..

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  6. Those photos are gorgeous! 🙂

    And yeah, everything fits together so perfectly. Sometimes I wonder how someone can think that God is magic when, in fact, the thought of throwing out pieces to a puzzle and thinking that somehow those pieces are going to fit themselves together by accident to form extremely complex and very clear pictures seems more like a belief in magic.

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  7. Dennis says:

    Great article Tricia. Enjoyed it immensely. Those that want to deny proof of God have never really looked at the abundance of life around them. Although I do not agree with so called “main stream” teaching regarding the origin of man I do believe there is a Creator and the allowed design of man is different then proposed by main stream scientist and archeologist. If I did not send this video to you before I include it now. Please watch all six to get the full flavor and jest of what Lloyd is proposing. It’s food for thought and makes a lot of sense. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pe6DN1OoxjE&list=PL7D71A2CF99CD508B
    Let me know what you think of his reasoning.

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    • Tricia says:

      Hey Dennis, thanks for your comment and kind words as always. Appreciate the link too, I’ll let you know after I’ve checked the videos out!

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  8. This was really a lovely post. I too am bedazzled by creation and the Creator. Maui is amazing because it is so young, just being born actually, as far as geology is concerned. It is a delightful place to observe the environment, the changes, the symbiosis of it all. Absolutely beautiful.

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    • Tricia says:

      Well thanks IB. And Maui truly is an amazing place of ecological diversity and beauty. I didn’t know though that it’s considered young in geology terms. Thanks for sharing that.

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  9. Yes…gorgeous…leaves us awestruck. =)

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  10. Great post Tricia. The stunning nature of our world should make everyone think of the creator.

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  12. Moony says:

    Fascinating images!

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