Please let me tell you a little about God, his creations and his plans, so you may understand him better. Have you ever considered the great detail he has placed in his work? Even a causal look is sufficient to astound. Look at anything!! Did you know there are thousands of know species of butterflies. We have about 750 different ones here in the USA alone. There are 30,000 species of fish known to exist. We have about 8,600 species of living birds. The number of different forms, including subspecies totals around 30,000, of which nearly 1,700 are indigenous to North America. The largest living bird is without doubt the Ostrich standing 9 feet high and can weigh over 350 lbs. The smallest bird in the world is generally agreed to be the Bee Hummingbird (Mellisuga helenae) from Cuba which weighs a mere 0.056oz.

Consider the bugs! Insects are the largest class in the animal kingdom. Did you know that there are many more kinds of insects on earth than any other kind of living creature? It's hard to imagine, but 95% of all the animal species on the earth are insects! Millions of insects can exist in a single acre of land! Over one million separate species have been described and some entomologists believe that there could be ten times that many yet to be discovered. There are some small parasitic insects which are less then 1/100 of an inch in length when fully grown. The largest moth on the planet checks in with a frightening 18" wingspan.

Have you ever really seen or considered a 2000 pounds giraffe with his head 18 feet in the air? What about an ant eater? He can extent his tongue 2 feet out of the mouth and thinks happiness is finding a giant ant hill! Look at a toucan, a warthog, a toad, or an ostrich. They are truly awesome!! These animals not only declare God's existence but also show me he has an incredible sense of humor (Why not? We were made in his image and we have a sense of humor).

Did you know there are over 60,000 species of trees on this planet? The largest trees reach higher than 350 feet with a diameter of more 20 feet at the base. It's another of Gods miracles that can take water and dissolved mineral nutrients out of the ground through the roots of a tree and deliver them to the topmost branches by osmotic pressure. Think about that. There is no pump (or motor to run it) in a tree!

I'm told the earth is 7,926 miles in diameters. It is tilted at 23.45 degrees and that gives us the different seasons. We are part of a solar system that has nine major planets and more than sixty moons and satellites. Our solar system is approximately 6,000,000,000 miles across. In the center is the sun. Its average distance from the earth is 93,000,000 miles. It is 865,400 miles in diameter, making it 1,300,000 times the size of our earth. The surface temperature is around 12,000 degrees. I have read estimates for the center ranging from 15,000,000 to as high as 40,000,000 degrees. Flames leap off the surface from 25,000 to as high as 500,000 miles. Our sun travels through space at 43,200 miles per hour. That's about 12 miles per second. When I went to school they told me our sun was considered a dwarf.

A star called Antares is 390,000,000 miles in diameter. What about Epsilon Auriga, said to be over 2,000,000,000 miles in diameter and the largest known single object in the universe. (Remember I said our solar system is only 6,000,000,000 miles across) How much power do you think it took to make that star? We are now discussing things so great in size, that they must be measured by something other than miles. We now use light years. Light travels at 186,324 miles per second or about 5,878,000,000,000 miles in a year's time. So, one light year is 5,878,000,000,000 miles. Now consider this, our solar system is part of a bigger system called a galaxy. Our galaxy is called the Milky Way. It is approximately 100,000 light years across. We are about 28,000 light years from the center of the Milky Way. As the earth and other planets of our solar system orbit the sun, our sun likewise, orbits around the center of the Milky Way.

It takes our sun more than 200,000,000 years to complete a single revolution. In fact our whole galaxy is also turning on its axis. The Milky Way is believed to contain 400,000,000,000 stars. (That's not counting the planets) If you need to pause here to catch your breath, go ahead and you may want to get a chair before you read this next line. We now believe there are 100,000,000,000, galaxies like our milky way. It is said in Psalms 147:4 that God calls all the stars by their names.

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