How would you like to live in a neighborhood where garbage was never collected and taken away? What if there was no provision in the creation for getting rid of waste? By now the Earth would have become a filthy mess!

Our sewage and other waste does not break down all by itself. Without microbes, waste would simply continue to pile up. But if you were designing a world in which waste would have to be “taken away,” how would you do it? It’s hard to imagine a solution to the problem that is better than the solution God provided. The creatures that dispose of our waste are microscopic – an improvement over our big, noisy garbage trucks. But microbes don’t simply break down garbage into harmless materials. In His wisdom, God designed them to turn useless garbage into useful substances.

We are now beginning to make more use of what God has designed. A West German corporation now markets a ceramic sponge that is home to countless organisms that not only love highly polluted water, they turn the pollution into useful things like natural gas and alcohol. Scientists say that the bugs eat almost anything, even pollutants that cannot easily be handled by usual sewage treatment.

Whether we recognize it or not, we humans continue to learn at the feet of the Creator who made us – which is, itself, an argument against evolution.

Psalm 119:99
“I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies [are] my meditation.”

Prayer:  Lord, I praise You for the balances You have built into the creation in order to make life livable. Help us to see that though most scientists would deny that You are Creator, Your workmanship in the creation is a witness to You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Notes: “Minute diners love our waste.” The Province, July 12, 1989.  Image: Trash can with trash (

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