For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. Romans 1:20


Each year on or near May 23, the birthday of the eighteenth-century botanist and father of modern taxonomy, Carl Linnaeus, scientists release a list of newly discovered species. Out of the many entries a committee picks the top ten. These are selected to show the diversity and expanse of life. Among the recent discoveries are animals ranging in size from the microscopic to dog-sized mammals. Just as an example, list for 2015 included a proboscis frog with an extension on its snout, a fluorescent sea slug from the waters of Japan, a new member of the giant walking sticks from Vietnam, an Indonesian frog that hatches its eggs internally, and a new species of feathered dinosaur. These are just a sampling of nearly eighteen thousand new species on the list. And at this rate, scientists estimate that perhaps ten million additional species may yet be discovered—five times the current estimate of 2 million that are presently known to science!

When we think of the Scripture passage in Romans 1:20, we are reminded of what a small percentage we really know of God’s creation. In our troublesome and sometimes confusing circumstances we are tempted to question God and wonder what He is up to. But His judgments are “unsearchable” and His ways are “beyond finding out.” “Who can know the mind of the Lord?” While we may not understand, we can join Paul in proclaiming, “To him be glory forever!”

Dalbert Walker