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Clue #1: Design
We see designs everywhere around us. When you have designs, you have a designer.

For an introduction to this series of nine clues, see Clueless.

Designs are all around us. Very complicated designs, like a fingerprint.

Let’s look at one of yours. Your right hand index finger, let’s say. Hold it up and look closely. Do you have a magnifying glass? Your fingerprint has design to it. In fact, it has a unique design. It’s different from all your other nine fingerprints. In all the world of 6.6 billion people, there are no other fingerprint like yours.

As a detective you know this is how criminals get caught. If they leave fingerprints at the scene of a crime, those fingerprints are uniquely theirs.

Amazing! Such design in so small an area – maybe eight square millimeters of space!

Another design: your eye. The iris of your eye (and mine) is also unique. There's none like it among all the billions of humans. Here’s what one optometric physician (eye doctor) said: “The color, texture, and patterns of each person’s iris are as unique as a fingerprint.” Some companies even use an eye scan to identify who can enter their building. Why? Because of the uniqueness of each iris. Design!

A third design:  Orchids.

My wife and I grow orchids. You could see them if you came to my home sometime (a long way to come – all the way to Alberta!). They are amazing flowers. There are more than 30,000 kinds, all with amazing design to them. One of the most interesting is called the Bucket Orchid, like the one in the diagram. One scientist commented:

“These orchids have an intricate mechanism by which bees are attracted, trapped, and then released. They are designed very ingeniously, to spread the pollen when the bees fall in, then climb out.” A very unusual design.

There are a lot more examples. Design is everywhere around us. When you have a design, you have a designer – someone who thought about it, picked the right features, and designed it. It's so simple we don’t even think about it. We see designs everywhere around us – in signs, in construction of buildings. We all know someone designed these things. For instance, let’s say a girl has a T-shirt with a design on it, like the one in the photo (made me laugh!): “Boys are stupid, throw rocks at them!”

If you see the T-shirt, then you can say, Someone designed that T-shirt! It just didn’t happen by accident. We might also say, Whoever designed it hates boys. And they have a strange sense of humor.

Someone picked the font, the letter size, the colors for the T-shirt. A designer made all these choices. Same with our world, and our bodies. We can see design all around us.

So, our clue #1 is design. If there’s a design, then there must be a designer!

Christians say the designer is God – someone who designed everything, including us. And if He designed us, then we must ask, does this designer have a design, a plan, for our lives? He does.

God has a plan for your life, and you can discover it. He wants you to get to know Him. He wants to become your Father and for you to become His child. He wants you to love Him back because He loves you.

Is it helpful, being a detective? Hope so…

Paul Johnson, SHARE,, Cell: 403.816.6981.

Related articles

The nine clues appear as a series of nine articles on

Clue #1: Design
Clue #2: Information
Clue #3: Beauty
Clue #4: Complexity
Clue #5: Laws 
Clue #6: Word
Clue #7: Scene of the Crime
Clue #8: The Corpse
Clue #9: The Mystery

Originally published on the website, Spiritual Detective Clues, 2009. Reprinted in Baptist Horizon, beginning May/June 2009.

Used with permission. Copyright © 2010

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