GOD’S WORD FOR MARCH 13
GOD’S WORD FOR MARCH 13 ~ ~ Genesis 8:11 ~ ~ “And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.”
Some of us will recall the volcanic eruption that rocked Washington State as Mount St. Helens exploded on the May 18 of 1980. Personally, even this far away, I remember an erie cloudiness, but didn’t know what it was until the news came out.
56 people died, about 7,000 large animals, and countless small ones. 200 homes, 47 bridges, 15 miles of railways, and 185 miles of highway were destroyed in the initial events. The lateral blast and earthquake reduced the elevation of the mountain’s summit from 9,677 ft to 8,363 ft , leaving a 1 mile wide horseshoe-shaped crater. It blasted, like a cannonball, through the mountain in a few seconds.
Within 3 minutes, the lateral blast, traveling at more than 300 miles per hour, blew down and scorched 230 square miles of forest!! Pictures show Spirit Lake completely filled with splintered logs, that look like so many toothpicks from the air. This included five species of conifers such as the Western hemlock and Pacific silver fir.
Within 15 minutes, a vertical plume of volcanic ash rose over 80,000 feet.
Afternoon of May 18, 1980—The dense ash cloud turned daylight into darkness in eastern Washington, causing streetlights to turn on in Yakima and Ritzville.
The volcanic ash cloud drifted east across the United States in 3 days and encircled Earth in 15 days.
Lahars (volcanic mudflows) filled rivers with rocks, sand, and mud, damaging the bridges and homes, and forcing 31 ships to remain in ports upstream.
Since that time, many studies have been made by the Park service and by scientists on the rate of recovery. In 2005, a generation after the eruption, scientists took a close look at the area to get an idea of how the earth might have recovered a generation after Noah’s flood.
Twenty-five years later, 150 species of trees had established themselves in this area. This was contrary to current ecological theory since these trees are supposed to sprout only after generations of other plants had improved the soil. Many trees were already 15 feet tall. In addition, birds, frogs, toads, mammals and even elk had returned. Again, many of these species were not expected to have returned to the area for a long while yet.
The Bible mentions the appearance of green plants within two months of the rain stopping at the end of the Flood. Mount St. Helens illustrates such a speedy recovery after the Flood.
This shows that the long timeline of evolutionary scientists is simply not true. In studying the rock layers, gorges and river created by the volcanic rock flows, and the action of the stratus in general, they have found that it is almost exactly like the Grand Canyon in miniature. Guides will tell you that it took 1.7 billion years of slow erosion to create the Grand Canyon, but Mount St Helen’s shows us that the same thing happens very quickly. It took ONE DAY for it to happen there!
Even petrified wood has appeared already, and the logs are in the same positions as they are at the Grand Canyon. The logs get water-logged, and point down in the lake. After a few years, the wood is replaced by minerals in the water, and the result is petrified logs. The same most likely happened at the Grand Canyon and others, after the flood, when water pooled longer in the low areas.
The layers in the rock are just like at the Grand Canyon also. They wouldn’t have had to have taken millions of years as we have been told.
This is another of the times God has proven His Word true right before our eyes.
How about your life? Is He proving His Word true daily for you? If our mind and heart is on Him, and His Word, we will see that He is constantly showing us. It should be our goal to recognize Him in our lives and praise Him for everything.
Lord, we thank You for showing us the truth about Your creation of the world, and all creatures. Help us to understand that Your Word is 100% true, no matter what the world system says. Help us to apply that to Your work in and through us, and in our lives. Help us to spread Your redemption message, for we know the time is short. We praise You, and we ask these things in Jesus name, knowing that it is because of His sacrifice that we know where our Home is! Amen
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