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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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 15

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 15

In the1930s, Marion Sinclair’s Kookaburra Song was written and performed to the tune of an old Welsh song. This song teaches children that kookaburras laugh. You’ve probably heard a kookaburra and didn’t realize it. Their distinctive call has been used as a sound effect in movies to imitate the sound of monkeys. The kookaburra, known as the “bushman’s alarm clock,” calls out specifically at dawn and dusk.

“Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations,’The LORD has done great things for them.’ The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” Psalm 126:2,3

I hope your day is filled with much joy and laughter.

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Mimi

Wisdom From The Animals: Day 14

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 14

For meerkats, family is important whether the family member is biological or not. These affectionate and social creatures recognize each other’s voices and depend on one another for survival. The African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child,” applies to the meerkats because they look after and babysit each other’s children. 

“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:26-28

I was fortunate in my childhood years that I spent time with my extended family. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve discovered that others didn’t experience the same upbringing. I didn’t realize how special those times were because those times were my normal. Family was highly valued. When I became a Christian, I entered into a different family that included people not related to me by blood. Those who didn’t experience family bonding growing up became part of my faith family. I value them as much as I do my biological family. All of us as children of God are raising one another up to a mature faith.

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Mimi

Wisdom From The Animals: Day 13

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 13

A giraffe’s markings on their coat are as individual as our fingerprints. This marking on the giraffe’s coat along with the small hump on their back led people to call them a camel-leopard which in turn led to their species name: camelopardalis. Giraffes don’t require much sleep. They only need 5-30 minutes of sleep in a day. They spend most of their day eating and they particularly like acacia tree leaves. Because of their height, they eat from the highest branches where few other animals can reach.

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:1,2

Sometimes, I keep my focus solely on things that have no real value. I go for the low hanging fruit. Life is easier that way. But when I turn my eyes upward, my vision changes. My sight adjusts and I realize I need to reach for the top. Like a giraffe, I need to go for the good stuff at the top. I need to set my heart and my sight on things above and not down low. 

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 12

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 12

Chimpanzees share more than 98 percent of our genetic blueprint. They are very intelligent, can be trained to perform a variety of tasks, have opposable thumbs to help them grasp or grab things, and they use or make tools to get food. And surprisingly, a chimp named Ham was the first “American” in space. Ham was used to help test space travel for human astronauts. He orbited the Earth in 1961.

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

Like chimpanzees, we were also given certain capabilities by God. Capabilities that are inherent to humans that help us perform tasks, make decisions, and other things. But in Christ, we have been given additional tools unique to each of us to perform and fulfill the work that He wants us to do. Our responsibility is to discover what that work is and do it.

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Blessings,

Mimi