Archive for June, 2011

The Amazing Elephant Trunk

We went to the circus the other night with our grandkids and families. I love a circus … especially when the grandkids are with me. Just to watch their excitement gives me joy.

This small circus had two elephants that entertained us all in the center ring. One of the things that amaze me about elephants (other than their size) is their trunks.  One of the elephants climbed onto a metal pedestal, and then, not liking the position of the second pedestal, reached out with its trunk and effortlessly moved it (it took two grown men to carry it into the ring). The elephant trunk certainly must be the most remarkable nose in all of God’s creation.

The human body only has a total of 639 muscles. The elephant’s trunk alone has 6 major muscle groups, each subdivided into over 100,000 muscle units!

The elephant can use its trunk with great power and strength … ripping bark from trees, lifting heavy objects, killing predators. It can also be used to gently caress its young.

Elephants have lobes on the tips of their trunks (African elephants – two lobes, Asian – one) that act like dexterous fingers. With their trunks they can grasp leaves, branches, grass, bark, flowers, fruit, roots, seeds, and other objects as small as a coin.

The trunk can be used in a variety of other ways: to suck up water to squirt into the mouth for a drink, or spray cooling water on their backs; to throw dust in the air; rub their eyes; make trumpeting sounds; smell; greet one another; and even snorkel. 

The extraordinary design in the elephant’s trunk is a testimony to an awesome Creator.

Lanny Johnson

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A Tour, or Two, at the Dinosaur Museum

Just last month, preschoolers from Alpine Christian Academy and some homeschoolers from Basalt, Colorado came to the Grand Junction area to tour the dinosaur museum in Fruita.  We began at the AOI office with a program teaching them the truth about dinosaurs and preparing them for what they would see presented at the museum.  We then proceeded to the museum. 

I answered a few questions, but the young children were mostly interested in looking at the exhibits and having the mechanical dinosaur spit at them.  As I was waiting, I noticed another family enjoying the museum.  They caught my attention because of the book that the mother was holding, Unlocking the Mysteries of Creation.   

I introduced myself and, as we talked, discovered they were a Christian homeschool family from Texas visiting family in the area.  I offered to answer any questions they may have as they toured the museum.  They were very eager to have their six children learn a creation perspective on the exhibits, so I gave them a tour of the museum. 

We both saw the Providence of God in bringing us together.  They were interested in hearing about the ministry of Alpha Omega Institute, and were very gracious to pray for us before we parted ways.

Rich Stepanek

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