Monday, February 28, 2011

Wildlife And People

I feed the birds and deer. I love animals, I don't think I have ever met an animal I didn't like. I do like some better than others but God made them all. I think opossums are beautiful but most people laugh at me and think I am a little crazy. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.  
Well, I didn't go out to throw the apple wafers and put the corn in a feeder for the deer this afternoon because we have had lots of rain, thunder, and lightening. I thought to myself 'they won't come up'. I later looked out the window and the deer were up so I decided to go on out and throw the apple wafers out and put the corn in the feeder. By the time I got out there they were gone. I knew the wafers and corn would get soaked so I didn't throw it out for them as I didn't know when they would be back.
On the way home from church tonight Dave and I started talking about the animals and how God protects them. I said to Dave, "I should have known the deer would be up because they are out in the weather anyway". This just lead us on to other animals such as the birds. We think it is so amazing how the birds with such tiny legs and feet could survive the freezing weather. They are so small in size anyway. Here in Kansas it isn't near as cold as it is up north and out east but we do have some really cold weather.  But they did said where we live here in Kansas that one day it was officially -17 degrees this winter season, that was not the wind chill. I didn't hear what it was with the wind chill.

In the summer time when it gets extremely hot you can see birds and other wild life panting because it is their way of perspiring. They need water to drink. Lots of people will have birdbaths in their yards for the birds. They drink from this water and will also take baths. The deer I feed will sometimes go to the birdbath I have to drink water in the summer and winter.

One time I told my Dad that those crazy sparrows were here eating all the bird food. He said to me "Deane, they get hungry too". Since then I have not cared that the sparrows come here to eat. In fact I am glad they come here to eat at my home. I am glad Dad said that to me.
Matthew 10:29; "Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father". It is said here that it takes two sparrows to sell for even a penny. One isn't worth that much so for a penny a person could buy two. To God they are worth more than that as it goes on to say that not one of them will fall to the ground without the Father. When they land on the ground for food it is because the Father has, by His providence put it there. Perhaps through me God is feeding some of His creatures.

Have you ever stopped to look, I mean really look at the creatures God has given us? There are so many and they are beautiful in their own way. Take the opossums that I think are so beautiful, most people think they are the one of the ugliest creatures. Perhaps there is an animal that you think is really beautiful and I wouldn't, that is okay as we are all different and we see things differently.

God has made different types of animals just as He has people. The only difference is people are made in His image. Genesis 1:26-27; "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:... v.27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them". Man and woman were a special creation of God although everything He created is special. We, man and woman are both created in the likeness and image of God. We mean a lot to God in fact He loves us very much.

Matthew 10:31; "Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows". This is telling us God values us and our personal needs more than the sparrows. God knows all of our needs, trials, and sorrows. We are never far away from His presence, His care, and His concerns. He does want to know we are faithful and loyal to Him and He wants to know we love Him above all else. If He cares so much for the sparrows just look at how He cares for us. He takes care of our lives, our comforts, and our souls. He takes better care of us than we do ourselves. He knows exactly what is best for us. We just have to learn to listen to what He says to us. He may say this to us through Scripture, music, through another person, and sometimes He does speak to us audibly.

So, the next time you think you aren't important just remember you are important to God as His word tells us that we are.

Thank you for stopping by and may you know the peace of the Lord. Blessings!


Jenifer said...

God made everything and when He did He said it was good. We are all good. The animals are good. Everything He made, humans, animals and all of nature is good. Praise God! Thank you for this reminder.

Debi said...

I love this post. It is SO you! I love that you are passionate about animals. I know that God is amazing...only He could create creatures that can withstand the kinds of elements that we have on this earth. I have so many birds in my front yard right now. I told Jim our tree probably wouldn't have any flowers this spring because the birds are eating all the buds! Anyway, thank you for this post. It's YOU! Love you!

Lisa said...

I am fearfully and wonderfully made. The Word says that God cares about the birds of the air and the flowers of the field. How much more does He care for us? What a wonderful God!