Wednesday, September 14, 2016

of drones and mother birds

"O LORD, how manifold are your works! 
In wisdom have you made them all; 
the earth is full of your creatures."  
(Psalm 104:24 ESV)

It is exciting to see Google and Chipotle running tests in our community for using drones to deliver burritos. See Roanoke Times article here.  It is really quite a feat, and really fun that our university is on the cutting-edge. 




And yet -- think about this-- it has taken us humans thousands of years to develop the technology to be able to do this. We have to produce the materials, build the drone, write the code -- probably millions of lines of code -- and utilize the skill of lots of engineers, just to deliver a burrito to one location and fly back.  

But every year I notice many birds, small birds -- many smaller than most drones -- flying about finding food, collecting, taking it to the nest, feeding their young, and repeating this many hours every day for several weeks.  And then... they train their young to fly and do the same!  And all of this, without the help of any engineers!



So did these "natural" thinking-flying-feeding-training machines come about naturally?  Random mutations and natural selection -- only a matter of time, matter, and chance?  

I just can't buy that.

Jesus said, "Consider the birds..." (Matthew 6:26)



Photo above of drone by Jacob Demmitt, of The Roanoke Times, roanoke.com