Could you Beat a Bird at Hide and Seek? 07/05/2016


Moody Adams, from book "Proof"
You have probably played hide-and-seek and were good at it. You counted to ten, or maybe up to a hundred, and then you went searching for your friends. In most cases you found them, usually after looking in only a few places.
But suppose you were playing hide-and-seek and let someone go a couple of thousand miles away and hide in a country you had never seen. What chance would you have of finding them without a single clue about where they were? And what chance would you have of going straight to them over land and sea on your first try?
The only thing that could make it more difficult would be for you to do this when you were not even one year old. Impossible? No. It is being done thousands of times a year. And it is being done by creatures who cannot use a telephone, read or write, or even ask directions!
The little white-throated warbler hatches its young in Germany. As the weather cools the parents take off and head for warmer country in Africa. Weeks later, when the young birds are big enough to fly a great distance, they take off across thousands of miles of land and water they have never seen before.
These young creatures have a clock, a calendar, the knowledge of how to tell longitude and latitude, and all the navigational equipment to fly to the exact location of their parents--(Wysong, R. L., The Creation-Evolution Controversy, p. 341).
The Golden Plovers travel 8,000 miles south from Hudson Bay to the Caribbean and on to their parents who are wintering in Argentina.
Their western cousins, the Pacific Golden Plovers, breed in Alaska and winter fashionably in Hawaii. The mamas and papas do not wait on their young to get strong enough to fly. They leave them behind. These babies follow over 2,000 miles of uncharted ocean and join their parents in Hawaii.

From the ancient time of Aristotle, scientists have tried to decipher and understand the skillful navigation system of the honeybee. These little flyers gather food supplies from different places and return to their hives with remarkable accuracy. After hundreds of years of study, it was finally discovered that they were using electrical radio waves. The bees generate an electrical charge by simply rubbing the furry part of their legs together. This electrical charge sends out an excellent homing signal. Within every hive there is a “radio beacon” serving as a homing device for the bees. If it took the great minds of men hundreds of years to decipher and understand this one small part of nature, imagine how much greater the Mind required to design it.

Then there are other amazing super-human examples; salmon, lemmings, whales, fur seals, bats, turtles, and eels also use a sophisticated guidance system to migrate.

Since no intelligent human can do these things, how can birds and other animals do it? Science has found no possible explanation. The only reasonable answer is there has to be intelligence somewhere in the universe to design, create and sustain such a modern guidance system. We call this intelligence “God.”

Man has just developed a sort of guidance system in planes, cars and missiles. Birds have had this for centuries. They are one more evidence of the great might and wisdom of the God who made such a magnificent universe.


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