As I strolled through camp on my way to the office today, I enjoyed listening to the sounds of Spring. Yes, it’s finally happening…spring is landing at Lake Ann Camp!
The snow piles are getting smaller, grass is appearing all over the place, the ice on the lake is beginning to melt and two days in the 60s indicate that the weather is warming up. But one of my favorite parts of the spring is the sounds that it makes.
As I walked this morning there were a number of noises that echoed throughout the camp, but one of them I could hear repeatedly, from several different sources. It was the sound of the woodpeckers going to town on some of the camp trees.
Woodpeckers are amazing birds with amazing design. Every part of their design is specific to what they do. Look at just a few of the details of these amazing creatures:
- The have a two and two claw design. Whereas most birds have three front “toes” and one back “toe”, the woodpecker as two in front and two in back, allowing it to easily move up and down, and side-to-side on any tree.
- While the woodpecker’s tail feathers may look like any other birds, they are vastly different. They are incredibly resilient and “springy” so that as its head pounds into the tree, the tail feathers actually serve as shock absorbers. With its tail and two legs, the woodpecker stands on a nearly perfect tripod making it possible for them to attack a tree from almost any position — even upside down!
- Not only is the woodpecker’s beak unique among birds, but it has a tongue significantly longer than the average bird. In fact, most birds have a tongue that is as long as their beak, but the woodpecker’s tongue extends well past his beak and is equipped with little barbs with which it can spear insects in the tunnels found in trees. In some woodpeckers, their tongue actually rolls back in their head and surrounds their brain — a trait unique to this bird!
I could go on and on about this one bird, but the point is clear: God designed the woodpecker specifically for its task. In fact, God designed everything in creation with the same specific attention.
One of the reason we love the woods of Northern Michigan is because it gives us such access to see God’s amazing creation. Every camp program uses the wonderful world around us to teach about God’s power, creativity, wisdom and character. So much of who God is and what God is all about is seen in His magnificent creation.
At Lake Ann Camp we try to utilize the world around us to teach our campers valuable lessons. Whether it’s a night hike through the woods, a star-gazing adventure on a clear evening, taking a moment to carefully investigate the home of a porcupine (don’t worry, they don’t actually shoot their quills!), taking a dip in our bog, running down the sand dunes or watching a sunset from Pyramid Point, the opportunities to talk about God are all around us.
Romans 1:20 says, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” God’s creation reveals so much about God. After a week of camp, we are confident our campers will have a new perspective on the world around them and the God who created it.
Joe Castaneda is the Director of Communications at Lake Ann Camp.
To learn more about Lake Ann Camp, visit our website at www.lakeanncamp.com.