Friday, May 25, 2007
Have you seen the Planet Earth series on the Discovery Channel? I discovered this show as I’ve been stuck in front of the TV every morning and evening for an hour each time, doing my physical therapy exercises and icing my ankle. Not a fan of TV, I turned to our Comcast “On Demand” system and found some of the Planet Earth shows available. Produced by the BBC, this 11-series show had a budget of $25 million and took five years to film. Each show features a different part of our planet, such as rain forests, caves, fresh water, the ocean, the jungle, etc. The photography of plants, animals, birds and fish are absolutely stunning. I’ve been enthralled by every show. And what it took the poor photographers to get the shots! How about hiding every day, all day for 8 weeks just to get a shot of a bird in the tropical forests doing its mating dance? And, oh, what a bird! You’ve never seen anything like it. Don’t tell me God doesn’t have a sense of humor.
The DVD series is available through amazon for $54. Well worth the money. It would make a great gift—for all ages. Adults and kids can watch these shows together and marvel at God’s creation. How can anyone see these shows and not believe there’s a God behind the perfect balance of this planet? As I watch, I find myself reciting the beginning of Psalm 19:
The heavens are telling of the glory of God,
And their expanse is declaring the works of His hands.
Day to day pours forth speech,
Night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are their words.
Their voice is not heard.
Their line has gone out to all the earth,
Their utterance to the ends of the world.
Yes, without audible voice, creation does cry to us about God. And Planet Earth captures those cries like no other series.