Wisdom From The Animals: Day 18

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 18

Pandas spend at least twelve hours a day eating and sleeping. In fact, pandas in the wild consume up to thirty six pounds of bamboo a day. Thank goodness bamboo grows fast! 

“I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.” Psalm 119:15,16

On this Sabbath day, take some time to sit, relax, and meditate on life. A little snack wouldn’t hurt either.

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Mimi

Wisdom From The Animals: Day 17

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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.

To read or hear The Tyger by William Blake, click here.

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Mimi

 

Wisdom From The Animals: Day 16

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 16

In the Disney movie Finding Nemo, Marlin, a clownfish and Nemo’s father, finds himself swimming in the East Australian Current trying to locate his son. Marlin meets a sea turtle surfing the current named Crush. When Crush’s son, Squirt, falls out of the current, Marlin freaks out but Crush tells him; “Whoa. Kill the motor, dude. Let us see what Squirt does flying solo.” Marlin suffers from anxiety and worries constantly. Crush was teaching Marlin a valuable lesson about parenting and life.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.” Philippians 4:6

Sometimes I need to kill the motor because I worry too much. I become anxious about things and not just the things in the present but the things that might happen in the future. These anxious and worrisome thoughts rob me of my joy. I become afraid and fearful but when I submit them to God, and truthfully, sometimes I have to give the same things to Him more than once, I feel my spirit lighten. I know that I can rest in the knowledge that God has it covered.

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Mimi