Awhile back I watched a youtube clip showing the clean-up of a shore bird in the Gulf of Mexico. The poor little guy was covered with oil from the Gulf oil spill. As workers meticulously worked on each feather, the narrator told that it took 6 man hours to clean each bird, given the intensity and minute detail of the task. When the little bird was all cleaned up, he not only looked 100% better, but he actually looked and acted happier, even through the stress of having human hands touching him for those long hours.
When I saw that clip my heart was warmed to the core. It’s good to know I share this planet with people who are willing to make that kind of effort for one bird, one of God’s special creatures.
You may have had pets with whom you’ve enjoyed a relationship. Whether the pet is a dog, cat, bird, or any other, each little critter has a unique personality, and if you’ve had pets that you loved, you can testify to each one’s uniqueness.
I’m one of these people who cannot watch a little bird or creature in distress without wanting to help. While my help is not particularly valuable, I have learned one or two things over the years, one being to keep rehabilitaters’ numbers handy! Another thing I’ve learned is that there are people to whom the sight of a suffering creature means nothing. I’ve never figured that one out.
When God created life on this planet, He didn’t give life to humans alone. We share our planet with a host of other creatures, each one of whom is precious to God. He who counts the numbers of hair on our heads also sees each sparrow that falls.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And yet not one of them shall fall to the ground without your Father’s knowledge.” Matt 10:29.
God obviously loves, even takes joy in each creature to whom He gave the gift of life. He planned earth for the enjoyment of every living soul (all creatures). If the Creator God himself treasures each creature so much, surely we would be sorely missing out on something valuable if we chose to disregard His gift(s) of relationship with the living world.
One huge gift I receive is the thrill I feel when I have earned a pet’s trust and he/she looks at me with trusting eyes. There is a bond formed then that enriches my life.
A friend’s little therapy dog takes great joy in visiting nursing homes. Residents love it as well. Not only does the little fellow get attention, but in having a little creature to love, the residents receive the gift of feeling loved, needed, and wanted.
You can probably think of many more gifts that valuing God’s living creatures brings. An added benefit is that if we lived closer to the natural living world, we would also be living closer to Him. The opposite is true, too. The closer we get to God, the closer we become to all His creatures as well. In heaven all creatures will enjoy each other. So why not start now?
What relationships have you had with living creatures, and how have you benefited from each relationship?