Sunday, October 15, 2023

Tell the "Whys" - God Makes Sense

I love the Okapi - it is one of the most unique animals God created. It looks from the backside like a strange Zebra, but is actually more closely related to the Giraffe. It does have a longish neck and a prehensile tongue, like the Giraffe, but it is a totally unique creature all its own.

The Okapi is only found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; it lives deep in the rain forest and is so shy, we didn't even know for sure it was a real creature until 1901. Okapi do not live in herds, they are solitary creatures and are considered extremely tasty by their neighbors - the leopard and people from the DRC. 

So, how do we still have any Okapi in the world today? One big reason is they do something extremely unique - they communicate with infrasonic calls . . . leopards and people are not able to hear these beautiful animals communicate, so the mama Okapi are able to "talk" to their babies in safety.

How did the Okapi learn to communicate with infrasonic calls? How did they get such large ears which are perfect for hearing these infrasonic calls? Do we even remotely believe it was possible for them to figure out leopards and people were not able to hear infrasonic calls (or even know what they were) and grow ears to hear them? It is extremely likely they would have become extinct long before it even occurred to them to learn how to make infrasonic calls (like this would ever happen) as their neighbors put them at the top of their "menu". No! There is a simple answer. God designed them to evolve this way!

It is easy for me to believe in God, because He makes sense. Clearly the Okapi are designed with longer necks and very long prehensile tongues, so they are able to live deep in the rain forest. They are designed with stripes on their back legs and backsides, so they are able to hide in the tall grass and among the trees. The reddish brown color of the rest of their bodies makes them more difficult for anyone - or any leopard - to see them. And, they are designed to communicate in a special way they are able to hear, but the ones who want to eat them are not. It only makes sense to believe God designed the Okapi to evolve as they did so they would exist as they are.

So, take time to tell your grandchildren about the Okapi and how they give you another reason, another "why", you are able to believe in God and trust His Word with confidence. (Learn more about okapi and nearly 150 other amazing animals with the Life on the Goldilocks Planet series - you will find it at this link.)

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