MARVEL OF GOD'S CREATION
there is any animal that breaks the rules of evolution in such a way that
it could not possibly have evolved, then it would need God as its Creator.
The woodpecker is an example of such an animal.
woodpecker's beak is unlike that of other birds. It is designed to hammer
its way into the hardest of trees. If the woodpecker evolved, how would it
develop its thick, tough beak? Let's suppose some bird decided that there
must be all kinds of little critters which would be good for lunch hidden
beneath the bark of trees. This bird decided to peck through the bark and
into the hardwood tree. On first peck this bird discovered problems with
the way it was put together. Its beak shattered when it was slammed
against the tree, its tail feathers broke, and it developed a
a shattered beak, the little bird was unable to eat and so it died. Now this
bird began to think, "I must evolve a thicker beak and stronger tail
feathers and something to help prevent headaches." Of course not. Dead
animals can not evolve anything. Yet the woodpecker not only has an
industrial-strength beak, it also has a special cartilage between its head and
beak to absorb some of the shock from the continuous drumming. Woodpeckers go
home at night without a headache.
help with the absorption of the constant pounding, the woodpecker has uniquely
resilient tail feathers. It uses its tail feathers and feet to form a tripod
effect as it clings to the tree. Even its feet are specially designed to enable
it to move up, down, and around, vertical tree trunks. The feet of the
woodpecker have two toes in front and two toes in back. Most other birds have
three toes in front and one in back.
two-plus-two toe pattern....along with stiff yet elastic tail feathers, allows a
woodpecker to grasp a tree firmly and balance itself on a vertical surface. When
the woodpecker braces itself to chisel a hole, the tail feathers bend and
spread, buttressing the bird against the rough tree surface. In this way feet
and tail form an effective tripod to stabilize the blows of hammering into
that somehow a bird, knowing there was lunch in those trees, developed the
strong beak, the shock absorber cartilage between the beak and the skull, the
ability to move its head faster than you can tap fingers, the
"two-plus-two" feet and the super stiff yet elastic tail feathers.
This bird still has a major problem. It will starve to death. How could it drag
its lunch out of the little insect tunnels in the tree? Have you ever attempted
to drag an insect larva out of a tunnel? They hang on!
has taken care of the woodpecker by creating in it a tongue that is several
times longer than the average bird's tongue. Lester and Bohlin comment:
tongue of a woodpecker is in a class by itself. When chiseling into a tree, the
woodpecker will occasionally come across insect tunnels. Its tongue is long and
slender and is used to probe these tunnels for insects. The tip is like a
spearhead with a number of barbs or hairs pointing rearward. This facilitates
securing the insect while transporting it to the beak. A sticky gluelike
substance coats the tongue to aid in this process as well."
a fascinating creation! Not only does the woodpecker have little barbs on the
tip of its tongue, it is also a mini glue factory. And the glue sticks securely
to insects but does not stick to the beak of the woodpecker. Aren't God's
this is not all. Most birds have a tongue and a beak about the same length. The
tongue of the woodpecker has evolutionists scratching their heads. It can be
stretched far beyond the tip of the woodpecker's beak as it searches the larval
tunnels for food. The animal kingdom displays no other tongues quite like that
of the woodpecker. The tongue of some woodpeckers does not come from its throat
up into its mouth like other creatures. The European Green woodpecker's tongue
goes down the throat, out the back of the neck "...around the back of the
skull beneath the skin, and over the top between the eyes, terminating usually
just below the eye socket."
In some woodpeckers the tongue exits the skull between the eyes and enters the
beak through one of the nostrils! How would this evolve? And from what ancestor
did the woodpecker inherit its special beak, feet, tail feathers, shock
absorbing cartilage, thicker skull and unique tongue?
woodpecker displays the glory of his Creator who is also our Creator. Why would
an evolutionist study a marvel of God's creation such as the woodpecker and
still refuse to believe in God the Creator? Only one answer seems to make sense!
Pride! Pride! Pride! "Rational," humanistic man thinks that he himself
is the "...master of his fate and the captain of his soul...." This
blinding pride does not allow the intrusion of a personal sovereign God, but
rather sees man as the pinnacle of all that is. The time has come for us to
humble ourselves and bow before our infinitely righteous Creator!
Chronicles 7:14, 15 reads:
my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and
seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and
will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer
is made in this place.
Peter 5:5b-7 reads:
all of you, be subject to one another,
and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you
in due time:
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Philippians 2:3-11 reads:
nothing be done through strife or
vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem the other better than
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and
was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient
unto death, even the death of the cross.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven,
and things in earth, and
under the earth;
And that every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the
glory of God the Father.
Lane P. Lester and Raymond G. Bohlin, The
Natural Limits to Biological Change (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1984), p.