The Laughter of God


Once I looked at a millipede up close – really close – like with a microscope. Thanks to Dr. Andrus and my required science course in college, I was learning to observe. My assignment was to make one hundred observations about one of those brown, hard-shelled millipedes that curl up in a ball when you touch them. After one hour, my list looked like this: brown, hard, lots of legs, curls up in defense, brown, really hard. It was looking like a long afternoon so I pulled out the microscope.

Do you know that millipedes aren’t just brown? They have all kinds of intricate detailed patterns woven into their hard-shelled design that cannot be seen without aid of a microscope and the desperation of a college grade for motivation.

Who does that? Who designs a creature to spend its life under rocks and compost and then adds artistic detail?

I suppose the same artist who hides crystal formations inside ugly brown rocks (geodes) or stalagmite exhibits hundreds of feet underground. The same engineer who uses His incredible skill to make bumblebees take flight or woodpeckers walk down trees. This same great entertainer puts some of his most comical birds (penguins) and sea mammals in frozen Antarctica where they can be observed by who? -Only a couple of lost and desperate seafarers and the guy from National Geographic who said “haven’t we seen enough photos of African tribal dancers?”

It has to be that He put such detail and craftsmanship into His work for the sheer joy of it, for the satisfaction of a job well done, for the appreciation of the handful of His other creations who would take the time, the effort and the work to search for His signature in the most obscure places.

God is so unexpected. He is such a Master artist, engineer, entertainer, and communicator. Through all of creation, can’t you hear His laughter?

“Earth is crammed with heaven and every common brush afire with God, but only he who sees takes off his shoes.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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  1. Narda says:

    As a high school science teacher, I have often said that one of the greatest testimonies to a creative God is the whimsy of nature!

  2. I love it! I have an award for you!

  3. Anders says:

    You have nice pictures in your website!!
    You recommend the following book: “The Case for Christ/The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel”. I want to give a recommendation…

    I recommend you to do an extensive research of NT and Pauls doctrines; and study what the first followers of Ribi Yehoshua (ha-Mashiakh; the Messiah) – the Netzarim – said about Paul and NT (see the below website).

    You will find a wealth of invaluable documented information ignored in Christian and circles at: http://www.netzarim.co.il

    Anders Branderud

  4. Joe Crowley says:

    I am so very glad that I caught on to the tribal dancer, nude native, thing and married CC. Saved me a long, hard, cold, stupid, trip to laugh at the penguins, and myself of course, while God laughed at me.

    So happy to know that my ancestors didn’t come from bugs. Although I do have a sister who…

  5. John says:

    Beautiful images – inspiring.

  6. John says:

    Inspiring-good message. John

  7. Thank you for your visits and for taking the time to comment! Anders, I will look into your recommendation. Nice to hear the Christian scientific community weigh in, Narda. I don’t know how all scientists aren’t Christian. John, thank you for learning how to comment! Another way to hear from you! 🙂 Joe – there’s just no comment. Thank you, Today’s Christian Mom!
    Lori

  8. Reminds us to be humbled before the Creator, doesn’t it? I love how Creation paints a picture of Him for us!

  9. Cheri says:

    This is such an inspirational post. There is so much of God yet to discover, and we have eternity to do it!