Sharing Our Planet

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?

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24 Responses to Sharing Our Planet

  1. Because our family owns, cares for and is loved by 3 dogs, 4 cats, a throwaway racehorse and a parrot (all essentially rescue projects), I can certainly understand the point of your post. We are all God’s creatures, and we do all take care of one another in one way or another.

  2. Rick Salas says:

    Hi Pastor Sherry,
    I’m so glad I found your blog. We should be caring and helpful not only for life that was created from our God but to give us purpose for everything that has been given to us. We have a choice how to live but the gift of giving has been instilled in all of us. We just need to use our great decision making process to make it happen. Thanks for the story. I really enjoyed reading it.
    Rick Salas

  3. Cori Hughes says:

    I have always been an animal lover ever since a small child and you are absolutely right in the gift of an animal’s trust. There is something about having that trust between 2 creatures that don’t speak the same language. Thank you for such an insightful post, I really enjoyed every word!

    • Interesting insight, Cori — trust between two creatures who don’t speak the same language. Maybe then we could say there’s a universal language (love) that transcends the spoken (chirped, barked, whinneyed, etc) languages? Love the thought! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I love birds and animals, whether domestic or wild. My husband tells me I’m a magnetic for cats that need homes. The dog and 5 cats we currently share our home with, are proof of that. Even as I type, one almost fully grown kitty is curled up on my chest, purring contentedly. The others aren’t far away.

    My sister- and brother-in-law have kept the Strathcona Raptor Shelter near Edmonton Alberta, for 28 years. They treat not only injured birds of prey, but all kinds of birds people find hurt… from a three hour radius around them. I think God has placed within the wild creatures an instinctive “knowing” when humans are helping them to heal… because they seldom struggle to get away.

    Willena Flewelling

    • Hi Willena,

      Oh what a sweet picture I got by reading your description of your kitty! And I salute your sister and brother-in-law. I have a special place in my heart for birds, and love to hear of others who feel the same. How good of God to place us with all these little creatures who enrich our life so much!

  5. A very heartwarming post Pastor Sherry! I have experienced the love of a pet and I can tell you that she is a big part of my family. We went to visit my aunt last year and this tiny ball of fur darted out and started playing with us. It was love at first sight, and now I can’t imagine my home without Princess. Pets really enrich our lives and teach us valuable lessons about unconditional love and acceptance.

    • Hi Hazel-Ann,

      Sounds like a love story to me! Pets are family as much as any humans are. (A non-pet lover would probably consider me nuts, but anyone who loves animals understands 🙂 And yes, I am amazed at some of the things I learn from these little creatures. God has many ways to reach us and to teach us — animals certainly do their part in His plan!

  6. Hey Pastor Sherry — I love this post.

    Some of the best relationships I’ve created on this planet have been with my pets, dogs and cats especially. One cat stands out — Shannon — she was by my side through much of the trials and tribulations during the rough times of entering adulthood. She was always there for me, when I did something stupid or had a great accomplishment.

    One of the saddest days was when I had to put her to sleep due to illness.

    Pets can add so much to your life. They need to be treated with love and respect.

    Thanks for putting this out there! Love your blog!

    • Oh, I can so much sympathize with you about your little friend’s death. These little guys become as much part of our lives as any human, and the pain of losing one can be devastating. I like the thought of treating pets with respect. I wish everyone would. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. I’ve had several pets throughout my life. We started off with budgies when I was a kid and then later siamese cats. My son was born an ‘animal lover’ and he started begging for a puppy as soon as he could talk. I think he was about 8 when we finally got the puppy and she was such a character. There is nothing like the unconditional love of a pet!
    My son continues to be devoted to animals. His first love is horses and he has become an accomplished rider and trainer. His newest pet is a little mouse … doesn’t matter how big or how small, animals are a bit part of his life and I’m so proud of him for this.


    • Hi Wendy,

      I’m smiling at your son with a mouse as a pet — if one gets in the house I’ll do anything to remove it while trying to keep from killing it. God has put such personality into each creature and each little critter is so amazing when we get to know them individually.

  8. Pastor Sherry I agree and really identify with how you feel about seeing helpless animals like the seagulls and others covered with the oil. I think I saw the same video you did it was really heart breaking to see. I have 2 dogs I call “my boys” that I love dearly your right they both have their own unique personalities and bring me a lot of joy with their antics.


    • Hi Steve, what fun it is to connect with other animal-lovers! It’s amazing to me that God puts such large personalities into each dog, and even each tiny little creature!

  9. Linnea says:

    I’m a “dog person” myself…having appreciated the companionship of dogs for most of my years, I find that they provide wonderful company, unconditional love (there just isn’t anything like their welcome home) and so much trust. How does it get any better than that?

    • Hi Linnea, I love dogs, too, and still miss my little one. Recently I came across some pictures of her and scanned them in along with the rest of the family! While I love other critters too (especially birds), dogs really are special.

  10. I love animals.They give unconditional love.My dog is the most amazing animal and I adore the way she looks at me and greets me when I return home.I never understand people being cruel to animals.God created them just like he created us. Loved your post Sherry.
    Beverly Monical recently posted..How To Crush The Recession With Virtual Events

    • Oh Beverly, I feel the same way! God must love animals, or He wouldn’t have spent so much time being so creative with them! And we can learn a lot from their unconditional love. Give your dog a hug for me!

  11. I’m such the animal person and have been involved in a number of rescue/rehab/adoption cases. As I mentioned on the call the other night my background is actually pre-veterinary and while I lack the specialized knowledge useful in major emergencies I too keep a vet and a shelter and a rehab facility all on speed dial! Recently a friend of mine freed a hawk out of tangled wire… took a heck of a scratchup for it but to see the magnificent bird fly free was worth every moment and ounce of blood LOL! Thank you for the reminder that we are all looked after, appreciated, and loved by the Divine… right down to every last fur and feather!
    Kimberly Castleberry recently posted..Targeted Traffic Just Became A Reality! Introducing Traffic Grab!

    • Kim, I love your writing! And the thought that God loves, appreciates, and looks after all of us — “right down to every last fur and feather!”!!! I actually have a book called “Care of the Wild Feathered and Furred” for emergencies, but have been too afraid I’d mess a little critter up if I tried anything. You may have that book too, or know of it. What an experience, to have rescued a hawk and see him flying free! Thanks for sharing!

      P.S. I enjoyed talking with you the other night! It was late for me — hope I made sense 🙂

  12. Oh I’m so there – I cannot even watch those animal shelter psa’s on TV! I’ve love to just bring everyone of them home with me. For better or worse, that’s not possible – but I do have a wonderful little dog named Lucy and I try to give her as much love as she gives me.
    marquita herald recently posted..Entrepreneur’s Survival Guide- Learning to Talk to Strangers

    • I’m with you, Marquita — I hate to see animals being un-loved, and would take every one of them home with me if I could! God has certainly give us many gifts in the little (and big) creatures.

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