“Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.””
And a few verses later:
“Then God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply. Let the fish fill the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.””
Genesis 1:220, 22
The mighty, rolling waves.
The shocking solidity and sheer gorgeousness of the mountains. The mighty oak, sinking roots deep into the womb of the earth.
The mind boggling size of the galaxies, scattered so far it would take a lifetime of lifetimes to measure.
Yet none of these facets of creation were blessed like the squid and eagle, hammerhead shark or hummingbird.
What is the defining difference between the acts of creation on this fifth day, and all prior?
They are creatures.
God didn’t bless the lakes and rivers. He saw that they were good, but He didn’t bless them.
God blessed finches.
God blessed jellyfish. God blessed penguins and ostriches and krill. He gave them His favour and protection.
Because God’s heart is with and for His blessed ones, we too ought to protect and honour our oceans and skies.
But – I love garlic shrimp. I love me a nice cedar planked salmon. And what about wing night?
We actually have heavenly permission to eat and enjoy God’s gifts. But – we also have been given the responsibility of managing those resources, of being wise stewards of what has been handed to us. When we take the time to learn about the vast diversity and interconnection between teeming ocean creatures, we grow in our appreciation both for the gifts, and the Giver.
God’s blessing rests on both wings and fins. This demonstrates His heart for conservation, for ecology, and His delight in their beautiful balance.
Grow in respect for our friends in the ocean and air with me?
Father, You first added a blessing to these, Your first designed creatures. Remind us to live mindful of that blessing, mindful of the value of all life. Give us respectful hearts, and eyes to see opportunities to live out of kindness to our fellow critters. Amen.