Ostriches, Evidence for Nature’s Designer


By Jimmy Traylor, special guest writer.

Brother Traylor (with Sister Ellas help!) once raised ostriches, and so he is specially qualified to write about them.

Psalms 50:6 – And the heavens shall declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth His handiwork.

There are people living among us who believe the Earth and all that is in it came into being by accident, a Big Bang, and over millions of years we came into being. When someone takes a look at some of the things that nature does, simple things, we wonder how the Big Bang theory was ever accepted.

Use the ostrich for an example. It is the largest bird, standing about six feet tall and weighing between 400 and 600 pounds, and can run up to 43 miles per hour. One ostrich egg is the equivalent to 25 hen eggs; you can scramble a hen egg, and you cannot tell any difference in taste or looks or smell from an ordinary hen egg.

Yet the large ostrich comes from a relatively small egg. The egg shell is thick, so how is a little bird to get out of it? When time comes to hatch, the little ostrich suddenly discovers that his air supply is giving out. Now, keep in mind that his brain is proportionally smaller than the brains of any other birds. Still, the chick knows that he must get out of this shell. In his moving about he discovers that on the top side of his beak, there is a sharp point that he can use as a saw. He turns his head back and forth, thus sawing and weakening the shell. With his air supply about gone, he finds that he has worn out the little saw on his beak. About that time he discovers that his right foot is up and behind his head. He begins to push with all his might and sure enough, he has enough strength to kick a hole in the shell where his saw has weakened it.

It is a struggle, but he gets out of the shell only to discover that there is no one to feed him. If he is to eat, he must find food himself because the mother bird is very unconcerned about him. In spite of all these challenges some of the little birds live to become grown birds.

I believe that it is much easier to believe that God designed ostriches, including the hatching system, than to believe that all ostriches are accidentally born with a saw on their beak and their right foot behind their head, which is the only way they could push their way out of the shell.

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