Last week, I had the privilege of getting to know Joshua, Talan, Aaron, David, Caleb, Michael, Ethan, Graham, Wilson, and all the other seventh graders as we traveled to Kentucky to visit the Creation Museum and the Ark. Together we examined many evidences of creation and, in so doing, got to understand our great Creator better—and we had fun doing it!
After an eight-hour road trip, 76 students and 10 adults arrived at the destination where we would spend the next two days in pre-assigned groups darting from one exhibit to the next, fascinated by the trove of treasures on display. The artifacts are the same as those examined by secular scientists; however, the interpretation of what we saw varies dramatically. What makes the difference? Worldview. Secularists who do not believe in a creator theorize an evolutionary process. Christians recognize the truth of the Bible and the evidences of God, the Creator! While evolutionary theory leaves many questions unanswered and attributes little meaning to life, creation answers the questions and gives purpose to life.
I worked hard to keep up with the little band of nine boys as we surveyed history, examined fossils, studied the stars, inspected dinosaurs and many other creatures (dead and alive!), focused on the flood, and considered the six days of creation. We had the privilege of meeting Dr. Ken Ham, viewing a 4D film, riding the zip lines, bouncing across a floating bridge and a suspension bridge, and petting alpacas, a zonkey, and goats. Some of the students rode a camel. We dodged raindrops—so appropriate—and traipsed through the dry and massive ark. There was so much we did, it would take an entire chapter to describe.
All the while we were amazed by the greatness of our God. What an awesome God we have! When God finally speaks to Job beginning in chapter 38 and for the next three chapters, He contrasts His greatness to the puniness of man. “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurement—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (Job 38:4–7).
But God is not only great—He is also good. How privileged we are to convey the message of God’s forgiveness and grace to the next generation! And what a joy it is to observe the lights of understanding illuminating the hearts and minds of these precious children as they recognize the greatness and goodness of our God!