What Perplexes Me by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being

(Rev 4:11, NIV)

I have never understood atheistic or agnostic beliefs. This mindset perplexes me. So, for those questioning the existence of God, I recommend taking a trip to the zoo!

On a family trip this past week, we visited The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert, California. We also toured the aviary at the JW Marriott in Desert Springs. The diversity of the birds and animals shout out the case for a designer.

At the aviary there was Scarlet, the brilliantly colored Macaw,

Romeo, the Aru Island Eclectus,

and my favorite—a loud-mouthed Cockatoo named Max.

Meanwhile, at the Zoo, there were majestic giraffes,

Prickly porcupines,

And cuddly-looking Wallabies. All of these diverse creatures caused me to look up and say thank you to a Creator who designed such an interesting world.

Could all of this have happened with an eardrum-numbing bang? I do not believe it. What I deduce is that non-believers have turned away from God due to a travesty in their lives. They cannot believe that a loving God would allow x-y-z to occur. They ignore the overwhelming evidence of a Creator and choose to believe in “the universe” or a random series of events that created the complex animal kingdom and human DNA, the most sophisticated computer in the world. Perplexing.

So atheists and agnostics, our loving God wants you back! Find your local zoo and study the animals. You will not discover too many alike, as they are a part of an intricate ecosystem brilliantly planned by an all-wise and all-knowing God who makes His presence known everywhere we look.

I am praying the skeptics open their eyes so I will no longer be perplexed.

“What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8:4-9, NIV)

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