“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.”
Thought for the Day: God loves it when His children take in His creation
Watching the animals at our park nearby reminds me that God’s creation is absolutely amazing. As I watch the squirrels scurrying from tree to tree and finding nuts to hold in their tiny paws to eat, I am completely in awe. These creatures, no matter how young they are, know instinctively what they need to do to take care of themselves. How do they know that they need to stash nuts to be available during the cold winter months – how do they know that? And what about the beaver? How do the beavers in our park know they are to gnaw and claw trees to make beaver dams. Looking around our park, we see dams built in different areas and we can see the gnawed markings on the trees. Then, how is it that we do not see the beavers – we know they are there, but we hardly ever see them. Then, there are the four adult geese that are always with the baby geese. One can actually see the adults nudging the babies to go certain directions and the adults stand firm beside the babies to make sure nothing happens to them. And my favorite animals to see are the blue herons that nested in the tops of trees and now are beginning to teach their babies. As I watch, I can see the mamas and their babies, and I can hear the squawking as they tell their mama they are hungry. I can then see her fly off soaring through the air to find food to bring back to her babies. There are a lot of God lessons to be learned at the park.
Reflecting on these and so many more animals, I am reminded of how God takes care of His children. In those times of need, we often get down and can’t get up on our own. Then God comes in, with either someone to help us through a situation or with some instance that leads us in the way we should go. Sometimes we do not recognize that it is God who helps us until we look back on a part of our lives and we see it very clear. God is our Father, and He will nudge us in the right direction.
Prayer: Father God, we thank You and praise Your Holy name today as we realized how wonderfully You take care of us. Thank you for the animals in our midst that remind us about how You take care of our every need. Thank you that we and the animals are wonderfully made. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Animals taking care of their young.