Wisdom From The Animals: Day 22

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 22

In addition to being physically strong, elephants are emotional and social creatures that form deep family bonds. They are also extremely intelligent with an ability to remember. Their memories serve to protect their herd from dehydration and starvation by remembering places to find food and water in the wild. Zoo keepers have also noticed that elephants seem to remember individual people as well as other elephants.

“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” Isaiah 43:25

An elephant’s wonderful memory led someone to coin the familiar phrase; “An elephant never forgets.” Have you ever wondered what this world would be like if we could forgive others and forget what was done? I can forgive other people but I have trouble with the forgetting part. Any time the person does a similar act that requires my forgiveness a second or third time, I struggle with letting their wrong go. I’m not able to forgive like God can. I’m more apt to be like the elephant. Only with God’s help am I able to forgive and forgive and forgive again and not hold an account of wrongs.

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Mimi

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 21

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 21

Rhinoceros’ are critically endangered. Less than 5,000 animals remain in the world. They are being heavily poached for their horns. Once the horn is removed, the poachers leave the animal to bleed to death. A single horn is worth $300,000. Considered a luxury item in Vietnam, the horns are used for a supposed cure all cancer drug, which has been found to be unsubstantiated, and they are used as a cocaine like drug that allows the user to drink more and cure hangovers. Only 4 Northern White Rhinos remain in the world. One of these animals is located at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Barbara Durrant, the Director of Reproductive Physiology at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research states that “The more we risk losing genetic diversity, the more we risk losing the species altogether… It is amazing what happens when you take one organism out of the ecosystem. The ramifications are huge. People don’t quite understand about saving individual species, but the fact is that saving ecosystems is essential for the survival of humans. It bothers me that we need to say that, but if we didn’t have these other species, we wouldn’t make it, either.” [The San Diego Union-Tribune – Karla Peterson]

“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.” Philippians 3:7,8

Paul had many reasons to brag and be confident in who he was but once he became a disciple of Jesus those reasons all fell away. As individuals, we all matter like the rhinoceros but the things that we own or have accomplished really should be considered loss in comparison to knowing and gaining Jesus Christ. Our confidence should be in Him and not in ourselves. My status, my position, my reputation, my bragging rights: All considered loss and rubbish for Him.
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Mimi

Wisdom From The Animals: Day 20

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 20

Orcas or killer whales are the largest members of the dolphin family. One of the reasons they’re called killer whales is because of the way they hunt. They hunt in groups like wolves and are sometimes called the wolves of the sea. Orcas have no natural predators. This orca was showing off for us in Alaska.

“A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” Proverbs 22:1

Orcas have gotten a bad reputation because of the negative connotations to the word, killer. Sometimes I think people have formed the wrong impression of me. I’m an introvert and sometimes my introverted ways are viewed by others as stand-offish instead of how I really am. I’ve also offended others by being short with my remarks to them when I was stressed. I didn’t mean to be rude or short tempered but that is how I was perceived. Working on my character is important to me. I want to be a person of good and honorable character; a person above reproach. I want to bear the name of Jesus in ways that bring Him praise.

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Mimi

Wisdom From The Animals: Day 19

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 19

Warthogs, wild swine, and boars are often included on the lists for the ugliest animals in the world. Not only are they considered unattractive, they are also viewed as destructive. Their behavior often has a negative impact on the environment. Although the role of wild swine appears to be unimportant, these animals do help with biodiversity as seed dispersers and also serve as food for predators. 

“…God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’ On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.”               1 Corinthians 12:18-25

At times, God has assigned me roles in life where I felt I wasn’t serving a purpose. I didn’t feel like I was contributing to the greater good. I felt more like the big toe than the hand. In my vision, my tasks seemed unglamorous but the truth is those jobs were important to God. They served to further His purposes. I was one piece in a larger puzzle and necessary to the completion of it. We all serve a purpose in the service of God. Sometimes, we feel that our jobs are insignificant, overlooked, or unimportant but trust God’s truth that all parts are important in the body of Christ.

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Mimi

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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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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