Music Notes

Dear FUMC,

Dontcha just love it when you learn about a new thing that God planned and yet was unknown to us?  I find it really exciting to hear about such things.  Just today, I read a couple of articles about dogs’ noses.  It seems that recently, scientists have discovered that dogs have an infrared sensing ability in their noses.  Now we all know how amazing a dog’s nose already is.  The creature’s nose has 300 million receptors for smell while the human nose has only 6 million receptors.  So you might say this is old news.  But the fact that a dog can sense heat through its nose is news to me and probably to you. 

It is felt that the dog received this ability from his ancestor, the wolf.  It does help us to understand that a dog that has lost his sense of sight and smell can still seem to move about.  And that is because the nose is “colder than the ambient temperature, and richly endowed with nerves.”  This allows the dog to sense heat up to 1.6 meters away.

All of this amazes me.  And it’s not just because I have needed something to amaze me in this time of semi-boredom.  I am truly amazed.  It is another of the many times that I have been in awe of what God has done and continues to do.  Everything and everyone is so finely and completely made.  And when you realize it, using all those amazing abilities glorifies God.  It’s just like using a certain gift which God gave you to glorify him.  We just can’t take these wonderful things for granted. 

I have actually been writing the “Music Notes” article now for about 11 years.  And granted, sometimes I hope that it is still meaningful even though I may repeat myself.  But one thing I will repeat is a part of the Nicene Creed which I find was written with foresight.  It says, “We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.”  I would bet that there is quite a lot that has yet to be seen that has been created by God.  Amazing!!  Exciting!!

There is a hymn entitled “God of the Sparrow God of the Whale” which talks about the vastness of God’s creation.  A line in this hymn asks, “how does the creature say awe.”  My answer at this point in time is to use what God has given them and us to show the world what God has created and bestowed on us which will glorify God.  The old hymn, “To God be the Glory” is so true:  Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear his voice.  Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice.  O come to the Father through Jesus the Son, and give him the glory, great things he has done!”

So, FUMC, get excited!  You have good reason to be.

God bless,     
Billy