by Terri Kammerzell
Truth of Genesis Ministry Partner
As I write this week’s edition of my “Fun Fact” blog, I’m living vicariously through friends who are climbing Mt. Saint Helens today as part of the celebration of the brand new Dinosaur & Fossil Museum at the Mt. Saint Helens Creation Center. What views they must be enjoying from their sky-high landings! I, on the other hand, am sitting in my low California valley, enjoying unseasonably cool weather with a nice breeze. I can hear windchimes and the rustling of the wind through the trees. I’m reminded of several things:
First, I keep humming and singing a verse of a song I learned as a child: “The Whistle Song” from Music Machine – The Fruit of the Spirit.
Pop bottles sing when you blow on the top
Tug boats, too, and the traffic cop
Even the wind in the treetops sings
Songs of praise to the King of Kings.
It also makes me think of the passage in Romans 1 when Paul reminds us that God has revealed Himself to us in nature. (I’ve covered that Fun Fact before.) Even the wind sings His praises, which makes sense because the Bible commands all of creation to praise the Lord. Psalm 148:13 (ESV) “Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his majesty is above earth and heaven”. And Amos 4:13 tells us He creates the wind: “For behold, he who forms the mountains and creates the wind, and declares to man what is his thought, who makes the morning darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth—the LORD, the God of hosts, is his name!” And in Matthew 8:27 and Mark 4:41, His disciples observed the truth that even the wind obeys the Lord.
I’m also reflecting on the fact that this coming Monday is “National Ride the Wind Day,” the 44th anniversary of the first human-powered flight to win the “Kremer Prize” (a monetary prize given to pioneers of human-powered flight). On August 23, 1977, hang-gliding pilot Bryan Allen successfully navigated a figure-eight course in Shafter, CA, flying the Gossamer Condor built by Dr. Paul B. MacCready. His success has been an inspiration for human adventures and inventions, so that now every year people use the final days of the warm August weather to enjoy “riding the wind.” Here are some ways you can celebrate this year:
What do the heavens declare?
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.” --Psalm 19:1 (NKJV)
According to Gotquestions.org, “The word heavens can be used to refer to different realms. Heavens can refer to the sky and the earth’s atmosphere, making it the “first heaven” (Deuteronomy 11:11; Psalm 104:12; Isaiah 55:10).” So the wind is a good reminder of His handiwork.
The last thing I’m recalling on this nice breezy day is the first time I heard Dr. Jason Lisle speak. It was January of 2010, and not only had I never heard of him before, but it had been a while since I’d paid much attention to Creation apologetics at all. He was visiting a local church with Ken Ham, and as a new homeschool mom, I wanted to make sure my fifth-grade son got to hear the presentations at the Creation conference. I took him to an evening talk on “The Heavens Declare.” Wow!! do they ever!! I tried to remember as many facts as I could from that presentation, but it wasn’t easy. That’s one of the reasons for the YouFormedMe.com website, so that whenever you need to reference facts to support the beliefs I know to be true, you have an easy place to go.
So, this weekend, take a little time to learn more about the heavens that declare God’s glory and the wind that obeys His commands and sings His praises. Then go out and make use of the beautiful world God has created for you to enjoy!
Don’t just take my word for it! Visit YouFormedMe.com/bibleVerses/psalm191.html to read, watch, and listen to supporting research and commentary from scientists, doctors, theologians, and more!
This blog is from a special series of “Creation Fun Facts” by Terri Kammerzell, starting from June 10, 2020. Read the introduction at TruthOfGenesis.com/blogs/building-a-biblical-defense-of-creation.