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Today's Creation Moment

Life Under the Sun
Ecclesiastes 12:1-2
“Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; While the sun...
The Book of Ecclesiastes keeps on referencing the world "under the Sun". What does the writer mean by this? The writer of the book of Ecclesiastes is referred to in Hebrew as Qohelet. This word...

Bats Who Feed Trees

Psalm 104:27-28
"These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give [them] their meat in due season. [That] thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good."

The surface of the Earth 50 to 150 feet below the great living canopy of the rainforest is a dark, humid, still world dominated by great columns of tree trunks. Within those trunks and some of the giant hollow branches extending from them lies the secret of the life of the canopy itself.
A rainforest typically receives 12 or more feet of rain per year. That much rain washes out of the Bats Who Feed Treessoil most of the nitrates needed by the trees for growth. What the trees need is a rich source of nitrates that is constantly being replenished. And that's where the bats come in.

Typically, these huge trees are hollow inside. Many different kinds of creatures, including fruit bats, enter the hollow trees through various openings. Fruit bats find ideal daytime sleeping rooms inside the great hollow branches that extend like caverns from the hollow tree trunk. The accumulating layer of bat guano inside the tree itself is one of the richest sources of nitrates known. So the bats provide the tree with the nitrates it needs in exchange for a protected home during the day!

In a very real sense, the fruit bats are the collection and transport system for the raw materials that make possible the tropical rain forest canopy with its millions of residents. The Creator has devised an ingenious way to provide for the needs of many creatures. Truly, the Lord does provide all living things with their food in precisely the way they need it!

Lord, I pray that You would fill me with as much love as You have for the creatures of Your wonderful creation. And just as the entire rainforest must look to the fruit bat for life, help me always to look to my Savior, Jesus Christ, for all life. Amen.