How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Psalm 104: 2
We have a new neighbor and each morning when I go to get the mail or to walk, her two dogs, Tanner and Lucy, come running to greet me! They are so sweet and they remind me of how much I miss our much loved pets – Deacon, the Alaskan husky we had for 16 years, and Crosby, our cat of 18! They were such a part of our family and our lives for so many years, and there aren’t many days that I don’t think of them in some way. I sometimes even think I glimpse one of them coming around a corner, running to greet me, and I smile remembering all the many times they did so!
We know and recognize that for many people having a pet to love is one of life’s greatest joys! We not only bring them into our homes, but we take them deep into our hearts. They can bring much happiness, companionship, and enjoyment, and many can’t imagine their lives without these trustworthy companions. They love us unconditionally and often seem to give us much more than they themselves receive.
I think of Scott and Emily and how much they love their little chihuahua, Minnie, and how much joy she brings them. But I also think of Miles and Cole and how much they enjoy going to zoos, aquariums, and studying many of the different animals throughout the world.
How in awe we all can be of the variety, complexity, and the wonder of all the amazing creatures God has created! What gifts He gives us to make our lives happier and more content. But the scope of this gift is mind boggling!
A recent census has given the new estimated total number of species in the world to be 8.7 million. (Give or take a million, with 6. 5 on land and 2.2 in water. Hhmm. . . the things we can find on line!) And even more amazing is that 10 – 15,000 new species are discovered each year! How can anyone doubt the existence of an omnipotent God who can create such diversity and uniqueness! How could such beings be created out of the randomness of nature?
We can see the value God gives to these creatures in Scripture from these examples:
Revelation 4:11 tells us that all things were created for God’s pleasure.
Job 12:10 assures us that “in His hand is the life of every creature”.
Matthew 10:29 says that even when a little sparrow falls to the ground, God notices.
Matthew 6:26 describes how God Himself feeds the animals.
Luke 12:6 says that God never forgets about the animals.
What an amazing, loving God who has given us these creatures to enjoy! In what wisdom He made them all!
Thank you, Dear God, for all the works of your hand and for all the creatures you have created. We are in awe of your greatness and goodness to us. Amen