Let’s take a break from the daily feast of horrors delivered by the mainstream news media; from the endless parade of murders, terror attacks, war and despair, to take in a little cerebral refreshment, shall we? After all, one can’t continuously consume a diet consisting 100% of pure fiction, political spin, libel, sarcasm, useless speculation, and outright lies without it beginning to break your spirit. No, as with all things, we need to periodically step back and remind ourselves exactly Whom we worship and why.
This short article isn’t going to include dire warnings of impending doom and destruction, although that IS the reality of the times in which we live. I won’t belabor the progressive liberals and their satanically driven agenda, nor will I bother castigating the so-called conservatives, whose palms are equally greased by bAureaucratic special interests, who take every opportunity to stab our president in the back, leaking White House information like a torn screen door.
Nope. Hopefully, this will uplift you and instill a childlike sense of awe and wonder. There are still mysteries to discover on this beautiful, blue marble of a planet that hangs on nothing in the inky blackness of space. There’s still much to delight us if we’ll only pause and take the time to notice.
I was privileged to run across a sweet nugget of wonder last week and I’m still grinning, tears swimming in my eyes, as my heart rejoices and worships our magnificent, Creator. Allow me to tell you about the Japanese puffer-fish. You might have heard of this little critter—it’s considered the pinnacle of gourmet dining, featured in a dish called ‘Takifugu rubripes,’ costing an average of $210 per serving in high-end, Tokyo restaurants.
Yet, this delicacy is derived from the second most poisonous vertebra in the world, which carries a poison called ‘tetrodotoxin’ that’s hundreds of times deadlier than cyanide! If not properly prepared, there’s enough toxin in just one of these little fish to cause five grown men an agonizing death, one hour after ingestion.
The Haedomari market in Japan, is the only one in the world that specializes in selling the puffer. The highest bidder has the fish shipped to one of only ten processing factories that areA licensed to detox the fish in accordance with strict Japanese law. To restaurant patrons, the thrilling possibility of suffering a horribly painful death is part of the allure when ordering this delicious dish. Personally, I’ll pass.
However, that isn’t the coolest thing about this creature. You are not gonna believe this…
The deadly Japanese puffer-fish is the only creature in all of nature that constructs a large, beautifully symmetrical design in the sand of the ocean floor, using only his little fins, simply to attract a mate. Please watch the brief You Tube video below and prepare to be amazed and delighted! (If for some reason the link doesn’t work, please go to You Tube and search for ‘Japanese puffer fish sand design.’)
Now that you’ve seen the video, what do you think? Isn’t that simply incredible? I sit in stunned wonder when I watch this little clip over, and over again. What’s the big deal, you ask? Are you kidding me?? Look at the beauty and perfection of that design. Think about it for a moment.
Where did that goofy-looking, little fish learn to do such a thing? Who taught him how to use his fins in such a manner? Where did the design come from? Certainly, not from his limited, little brain. Nor did evolution have anything to do with it, or we would see like examples in other species. We don’t.
He was instructed by the One who created him, of course! No other animal in all of nature constructs such a masterpiece of stunning beauty, simply to attract a mate. If that doesn’t prove there’s an Intelligent Designer, then you’re deliberately refusing to see the evidence in front of your face. The comical result is that your stubborn denial of the obvious only serves to once again prove that the Bible is the basis of all truth.
“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” Psalm 14:1 (KJV)
Guess who the fool is? Here’s a hint: It ain’t the fish!
There is absolutely a God, and we will ALL stand before Him and give an account of our lives. I’m ready to do just that. Jesus is coming back very, very soon whether you believe He is the Son of God or not, or whether you believe there even is a Supreme Being. The existence of God is not a difficult concept to grasp. I mean, duh!
After all, even the wonderful, little, Japanese puffer-fish knows that much.