“Then God said, “Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind—livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals.” And that is what happened.”
It sounds so glib.
But we have tons of trouble cloning a critter, let alone creating one. Designing its DNA. Setting muscles in place in just the right way to allow for movement of the right kind. Divining a way for it to eat and digest and work with, not against, its habitat in full harmony.
Let alone find a way for it to reproduce littles that are just like itself.
There are mind-boggling variations in colour, speed, habit, covering, skill sets, and sizes. And each was set into a habitat that could sustain it long term, in balance with all other life.
What can we learn about God from the animals?
- He is practical! Who else would give the wombat so thick a behind, to protect it from predators as it crawls into its hole? Or give a rabbit eyes on the sides of its head so it can keep an eye out for anyone who looks hungry?
- He has an eye for design! The way a polar bear’s layers of fur work together to seal out the cold is miraculous. And to gift the zebra with its own unique stripes? Astonishing!
- He values play. Ever watched a kitten with its mother’s tail? Or watched a lamb cavort in the spring sun? His sense of fun spills out in all His baby critters!
- He has a sense of humour! Seriously. Sloths? Platypuses? Okapis? (Those are the oddballs who look like half a zebra, half a horse/giraffe with a little bit of mini donkey tossed in for good measure.)
What a zoo!
What a Mighty God!
Our animal friends are a gift. We see God’s character through their magnificent and baffling complexity. Are you enjoying the animals in your world?
Learn to see the Creator in the created with me?
Father, how much fun You must have had, dreaming up hippos and hedgehogs, lions and llamas! We see Your care, Your provision, and Your sense of order and balance in their design. Help us to honour the animals around us, and treat them with care. Amen.