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Living in Harmony with God's Creation

There are two ways of 'living in harmony with God's Creation'. One is to discover the way it runs and make use of our knowledge for its benefit; that is the way of science. The other is to take what we find around us in our everyday experience; this is what we will think about on this page.

On this page we collect a number of examples of people discovering the efficacy of things and happenings around them and using them for good purposes, to enrich human life and even the Creation itself. If you have any examples to add, or comments on the ones presented, please email me.

Living Willow Roots Support Railway: Crossing Chat Moss.

Railway trains are heavy - and were even heavier in the Steam Age. So how you do lay a railway across a bog (what is called a 'Moss' in Scotland and Northern England)? One way is to dig down to bedrock, import tons of stone and lay it down. Another way, discovered by the Dutch, is to get willow branches, lay them across underneath the railway track, put ballast and rails on them. The willow branches take root (because willow trees love water) and grow into mature trees, and their roots extend outwards. They support the whole railway, preventing it sinking into the bog.

Living trees support mechanical railway. Living in harmony with the willow part of creation!

The well known story of Penicillin

Most who work in a laboratory would through contaminated samples away. Alexander Fleming was different. He noticed that the contamination had actually stopped the sample from growing, and wondered why. Instead of throwing away, he investigated. He discovered that a mould known as Penicillin was naturally killing bacteria. So Penicillin was developed as an anti-bacterial cure.

Someone, by their curiosity and sensitivity, responded to what nature was doing. Living in harmony with the germ part of creation!

Fleming warned that it should be used with care, less the germs became "educated" about it and became resistant. We did not use it with care, and now are faced with major problems of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Ten Boom's Fleas

In a German concentration camp, Corrie Ten Boom and her sister were incarcerated for hiding Jews. Fleas infested everyone. Her sister trusted God like very few do, and urged Corrie to give thanks for everything. "But not the fleas" said Corrie. "Even the fleas" answered her sister.

Later, Corrie realised that the German guards never entered the centre of where the prisoners were kept, because of the fleas there. This meant that those in the centre could carry on private conversations without being overheard. Corrie began to give thanks even for fleas.

Fleas are part of God's creation, and even they can be a blessing! Living in harmony with the flea part of God's creation!

Read the whole story, and much else, in The Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom.

Maggots Keep Wounds Clean

Soldiers die because of infected wounds. Flies buzz around, wanting to lay eggs in the wounds, which turn into ghastly maggors writhing about. Usually soldiers and staff try to keep flies away and kill them, because the maggots are revolting.

However, it started to become noticed that wounds with maggots healed better and more cleanly. The maggots were eating the dead and gangrenous material, and leaving the living flesh mainly alone. Now, some medical practitioners advocate maggots. Not all things that seem revolting, visually, are bad.

Living in harmony with the maggot part of God's creation!

What can we learn?

What can we learn from all these examples?

Why do we go for technical solutions when natural ones work well?

But we do need to keep our minds open!

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Part of his pages, that open up discussion and exploration from a Christian ('xn') perspective. Written on the Amiga with Protext.

Created: 26 October 1998. Last updated: 11 February 2018 Found this page unfinished; finished it, with .end, .nav, and uploaded it.