|Yes that's a multi colored mammoth charging through my bedroom|
Prayer is a regular part of my routine. It's one my favourite things to do at the very beginning of my day and also just before bedtime. I feel that prayer is a valuable peaceful and reliable activity for me. It is also an extremely private one...like how Moses goes up into the mountains kind of private. I particularly love the safety, the repetition and the rhythm. I don't speak in tongues, the holy spirit does not overcome me, it is always a subtle force of a whisper. I am no expert on this topic, I just like order, I prefer to flip through my prayer book or seek inspiration from the bible. If I have to discuss something, then I honestly tell God in my own ordinary words.
"Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God at his disposition, and listening to his voice in the depth of our hearts." ~ Mother Theresa
So from these documentaries, I learnt that the last mammoth died 4000 years ago, or 10,000 years ago depending on which one you watch. There is a term used for a species that scientists thought went extinct eons ago yet their fossils show up in a different time period, it's called the Lazarus- effect ( I kid you not, the person who gave it this name must know they would make some Christians angry, right?)
Nature is amazing. Even the people who study life and nature that is extinct are amazing!
Did you know there were once woolly rhinos too? Everyone talks about the mammoths, but there were rhinos as well... yap google it 😎 It lived during the Pleistocene epoch (whatever that means...). And was roughly the same size and weight as the modern white rhino today ( source)
|from earth touch news network ...|
As I learn more, my random discussions during prayer change. The world is complex. We used to be encouraged to learn about these things in primary and secondary school, once I started university and chose my career path, learning about nature just dropped off my radar. After watching these videos, at times my prayers seem minuscule and limited in the grand scheme of things. Once in while I need to thank God for the bigger picture. And when I come to God with doubt in my heart, maybe it's because I have forgotten the awe that is represented in nature and life. Maybe I need to find a way to regularly remind myself. God . Is. Great.
Did you know there is a plant called 'Devil's Fingers'? Look at the picture below. Disgusting, right? Trust me when I say you need to go to You Tube and search for a video of this thing hatching...yes it hatches 😨😨. I predict that you will first cringe and cover your mouth as if you can taste it, and then you will press the re-play button five more times in disbelief, cause nature is just fascinating like that!
|"Devil's Fingers" from www.littlethings.com|
|In a forest some where...|
The world is huge and now we are adding our own creations and innovations to the mixture. I only picked a few things to write about here but there is much....much...much more.
Nature makes me want to assess my prayers. Nature is constantly outperforming us without even trying too hard. Just think of the number of illnesses we are still fighting to find cures for, researchers look for inspiration from nature. Which brings me back to my imaginary mammoth, and the title of this blog and my prayers...
Need I remind you these plants know what rotting flesh smells like!!!! And you, what are you doing with your life?
The sad realization that comes to mind when watching videos about the history of the world, is that this is all temporary. I don't know who said it but change is the one thing you can guarantee. The Sahara didn't start of as a desert. We human beings, are a species that is just passing through. Like all the rest that came before us. So what will our legacy be? Who will dig our fossils up? What will they say of us? I read somewhere yesterday that Mars probably had life on it before, but we know nothing of what that life actually entailed yet. Imagine how many civilizations we know absolutely nothing about.