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One in a Billion

Today we studied probability in grade three/four. It is actually a lot of fun and very interesting. First of all, it is amazing how much fun it is for grade three/four students to watch cars drive by, record their colours and create a graph that indicates what the probability of a red car driving by is. They were really engaged. If you have a chance, ask them about their results.

But more than that, it is amazing to start thinking about our world and how improbable it actually is. For example, it is amazing that God created all human beings unique. There is somewhere in the neighbourhood of seven billion people currently living in our world right now. You are one in seven billion. Do you know what the probability of that is? But even crazier than that, you are unique in all of the history of humankind. There has never been a human being like you. According to some estimates, that means you are actually one in twenty billion, give or take a few. The odds of you are inconceivable. But, as if that wasn't crazy enough, statistically, we aren't even close to the most impressive unthinkable possibility. Here is something to spend time thinking about: every snowflake is different. Every. Single. One. I have no idea how many snowflakes have fallen, but it is an unimaginable number. Researchers estimate that about twenty trillion snowflakes might fall in one snow storm alone. And, not one of them is the same. Hard to believe. 

Our God is truly amazing. I marvel at the way that he created such a unique and diverse world. A world filled with so many improbabilities. Just a little aside- did you know that we can't explain how bees can fly? It is actually improbable. Research it sometime; it is amazing.

I know that a lot of people think our world is "lucky" to be in existence... that we our lucky to be the right distance from the sun, lucky to have had the right combination of ingredients for life to "happen." I don’t think we are lucky at all. I believe we were intended. I think the delicate balance that is life was created by the Creator who has all things (even the twenty trillion different snowflakes) in His hands.  

 

Psalm 95: 1-5

1 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;

Let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;

let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

3 For the Lord is a great God,

and a great King above all gods.

4 In his hand are the depths of the earth;

the heights of the mountains are his also.

5 The sea is his, for he made it,

and his hands formed the dry land.

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