Wisdom From The Animals: Day 17
I think tigers are beautiful and they are among my favorites at the zoo. Their eyes express a deep intensity not always found in other animals. Their gaze, at times, can be quite intimidating which is what happened to me when this tiger stalked me at the zoo. As few as 3,200 exist in the wild today. How sad to think that a time might come when tigers will only be found in zoos. I often think of the poem, The Tyger by William Blake when I see them.
“Who has understood the mind of the LORD, or instructed him as his counselor?” Isaiah 40:13
The poem begins with these words, “Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry?… “ and presents the question: How did the same God create both a lamb and a tiger? The poet also wonders about the awe and mystery of God who created both evil and good to dwell in the world and within the same being, a tiger in this case. At times, I wrestle with these same questions. I find that I must go back to what I know about God when I have these thoughts. Through studying the Bible, I know that He is good and all that He created He called good including tigers. I must place my trust in those truths while accepting how infinite and unexplainable is the mind of God. I also recognize that both good and evil like the tiger dwell within me and yet He calls me His child. I serve a mighty, unfathomable, and mysterious God whose ways are not my ways and whose thoughts are not my own.
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