On the First Day God Created Light

Light is all around us, even at night.  Without light nothing can live very long.  Even creatures that live in total darkness in caves or the deep ocean are connected to light through plants and organisms they feed on that do come in contact with light.

One of the most amazing sights in the world is a sunrise over the Rocky Mountians. Watching the light stream over the incredable wilderness and majestic peaks is awe inspiring.

On the Second Day God Created the Atmosphere

The atmosphere on earth is also critical to life. Without just the correct mix of gases life ends on earth. Too much CO2 or not enough O2 or any other mix outside the normal range is immediately fatal. No other planet or moon in our solar system includes a livable atmosphere (or temperatures that will sustain life).

The crisp clean air in the Rockies reminds us of how precious our air quality is to good health.  Seeing and experiencing the dirty air of big cities like Beijing, Jakarta, and other areas with a lot of pollution makes the Canadian experience that much sweeter.  

On the Third Day God Separated the Land from the Waters

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Oceans cover over 70% of the world and another 5% is covered in deep water lakes.  In a healthy ecosystem the water teems with life.  Observing an incredible lake like Lake Louise brings to mind the separation of the water from the land, and the awesome diversity of environments God created for us, and all his creatures, to enjoy.  God also created plants and vegetation on the third day.  Enjoy wide diversity of the flowers, trees, and other plants provided for our enjoyment.

On the Fourth Day God Created the Lights

The sun gives light and sustains life on earth.  If we were a little closer to the sun we would burn up and if we are further away we would all freeze. The equator and the poles are respectively closer and further from the sun and even at these minor differences in distance to the sun we burn easier at the equator and freeze at the poles without proper protection.  Had God placed the earth just a little closer or further from the sun, life would not have been possible.Canada 1 oz silver wolf coinCredit: Amazon

Observe the moon on a clear night.  Just enough light to help us get around but not so much it makes sleeping difficult.  A perfect setup.

On the Fifth Day God Created Birds and Fish

There are over 10,000 different species of birds in existence today (although over a thousand are threatened) ranging from the 5 cm (2 in) Bee Hummingbird to the 2.75 m (9 ft) Ostrich. Birds can be found everywhere on the planet and help humans in many ways.  From controlling pests to providing a food source to fertilization, birds serve us all daily.

There are even more known species of fish - 28,000 - and more are discovered each year! As human food, as pets, for sport and as support for whales and other water and land dwelling creatures, fish impact our lives too.

Little fish can be observed, oblivious to the mobs of tourists, in the clear waters of Lake Louise.   

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On the Sixth Day God Created Animals and Mankind

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Next God created all the animals we enjoy, than as a crowning act He made Adam and 

Eve to enjoy the newly created world. Sitting at a top tourist destination like Lake Louise or the Columbia Icefield you can marvel at the range of interesting looking people who have come from that first couple.  Over about 6000 years humans have spread worldwide evolving into distinct races, yet in the last hundred or so years we are moving back toward a common "look" as interracial marriage grows and children are increasingly of mixed ancestry.  

On the Seventh Day God Rested

God saw that His work was very good, and he choose to set an example for us to rest every week.  The seventh day is a time to take a break from work, study God and his creation, and marvel at His handiwork.

Studies have shown that humans perform better and are happier when they take one in seven days off.  A 10 day week, or any other length work week has always proven less efficient compared to the seven-day cycle that includes a day of rest as designed by our Creator.   

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