If you have a backyard or even a park nearby, have you ever taken the time to observe the wonders of God’s creation?  Every living thing you see in your yard, garden or park is a testimony to our Creator God.  

Look at the differences between the plants and animals. 

Some plants grow very low to the ground and others like trees grow tall. 

Some have soft stems and others have woody stems. 

Some plants have green leaves and others have red or purple leaves.

Some plants have very small leaves, other large leaves, some have many leaflets, and others have needles instead of leaves.

Some produce huge beautiful flowers and others don’t seem to produce any flowers at all. 

Some plants produce delicious fruit and berries while others produce fruits and berries that are inedible and sometimes poisonous.

Some animals have skeletons on the inside like the squirrels and birds and others have skeletons on the outside of their bodies like preying mantis, bees and butterflies.

Some animals eat seeds, some eat fruit, some eat grass and leaves, some eat insects or worms and some eat other animals. 

Some insects fly, some crawl on the ground, some swim, some hop and others dig holes.

Some animals have hair, some feathers, some have scales and others have plain skin.

Some animals have bright colors that make them stand out and others have colors that blend in with their surroundings. 

God certainly has created plants and animals with a great deal of diversity.  Yet with all of the differences that you were able to write down, many of these plants and animals also have a number of similarities.  Can you find or observe any similarities in those that you wrote down?

In plants, almost all of them you observed get their energy from sunlight.  They use the complex process of photosynthesis to process sunlight and carbon dioxide and in return the give off water and oxygen.  Did you know that if all of the plants died off that all of the animals would soon suffocate?  Most of the oxygen we breathe comes from plants.

Plants all have the same basic structure of roots, stems and leaves.  Though they may look quite different, they are all pretty much the same. 

Plants get most of their nutrients from the ground via the root system. 

Plant cells have cell walls made up of cellulose which keeps them rigid and strong.

In animals, they all breathe air.  Even the fish in the pond breathe molecules of oxygen from the air that have dissolved into the water.  If the air supply above the water was shut off, the fish would soon suffocate just like you and I would.

Most animals have internal organs including a circulatory system, nervous system, digestive system, skeletal system, and an excretory system.

Animals have cell membranes instead of cell walls.

Plants and animals also share many of the same cell structure that we have been studying the series on the Simple Cell.  They contain a cellular skeleton, cytoplasm, endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi apparatus, ribosomes, vesicles, nucleus, DNA, RNA, chromosomes and genes.  All plants have chloroplasts and animals have mitochondria.

Even though God made every plant and animal different from each other, He also made them very similar to each other.  God created a basic design for life starting with DNA and other similarities and then kept using the same basic design over and over but made a few changes to that design as He went about creating all of the plants on Day 3, everything that swims and flies on Day 5 and all of the land animals on Day 6. 

It’s kind of like a car designer that starts with a basic design of a frame, engine, sitting compartment and an outer shell.  Then the car designer keeps making modifications on that basic design and you end up with Fords, Toyotas, Chevrolets, Hondas, Pontiacs, Kias, Buicks, Subarus, Chryslers, Jeeps, etc.  Even though they are all different, they all still have the same basic design.

The next time you have a chance to go out into the backyard or over to a park or even a nearby garden, start looking for all of the wondrous living things you can find.  Take a pencil/pen and pad of paper and takes notes and list all of the different plants and animals you observe.  Write down, grass, dandelion, daylily, rose, snail, slug, ant, grasshopper, butterfly, sparrow, cardinal, squirrel, etc.  Take notes of every thing you observe, such as grass, green, grows in small clumps, blades about ¼ inch wide, etc. 

Then when you get home and if you have a computer, look up as many of the things you wrote on your list.   See what you can learn about God’s creations and what makes them so different and so similar to each other.  The more you learn about His Creation the more you will see that there is no way that all of this could be the result of millions of years of random chance evolution.  Just as random chance can’t build a house; neither can evolution build a living organism.

And as you study God’s creation, I hope you keep in mind one of my favorite Bible passages that says:

 7“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
   the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you;
8or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you;
   and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
9Who among all these does not know
   that the hand of the LORD has done this?
10In his hand is the life of every living thing
   and the breath of all mankind.
  Job 12:7-10

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