Can they proclaim the Good News and the glory of God?
Lovers of scripture can indeed find numerous examples of God expressing His great power and divine purposes through His creation. At God’s command insects, animals, and forces of nature plagued and destroyed the world power of Egypt. Balaam’s donkey spoke, animals obeyed the call to the ark, and at Christ’s call schools of fish arrived to the disciples’ boat.
“For all the animals of the forest are mine, and I own the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird on the mountains, and all the animals of the field are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for all the world is mine and everything in it. (Psalm 50:10-12)
Creation declares God’s glory and He reveals it to us through the most minute details as well as the vast and endless universe. He reveals so that we may acknowledge His awesome power. God knows us…His will is that we come to know Him.
God’s creation reveals His glory but also His great love and divine providence. God uses His creation to intervene into the lives of people often as divine appointments, impossible to plan or replicate. Reigning over creation, His will often supersedes natural order, such as a ravenous bird delivering food…
Drink from the brook and eat what the ravens bring you, for I have commanded them to bring you food.” (I Kings 17:4)
Or perhaps a tiny kitten going forth in the rain. This five minute video expresses such ‘divine appointment’….
There are countless true heroic stories of dogs and other animals rescuing, guiding, and ministering to people. Martha Thompson is one blogger and author with such a story to tell in her book, Giving Paws, where an unlikely service dog enables her to face the many life challenges of a hidden disability.
There is no way to schedule such divine appointments nor could we ever arrange to have our deepest needs and hidden grief so touched through them. These stories and perhaps even our own move us to laugh, cry and marvel.
Looking deeper, marvel at this – God intervenes in our lives through His creation, gifting us with His mercy and revealing His greatness. As a cherished gift conveys the love of the giver, so even animals given to us can express – even silently preach – the good news of God’s love reaching into our lives. The Lord ministers, heals, and intervenes into our lives for the divine purpose of drawing us to Himself.
When creation intervenes it is an living invite from our Creator.
Jesus Christ, our Savior, is the One holding dominion over all creatures and creation…
For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:16
Our furry friends, designed and often gifted by God, can teach, guide, love, rescue, and befriend…and perhaps they can preach as well!
“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” (Job 12:7-10)
Lord, reveal Yourself to us today through the gifts of Your hand. Let thanksgiving lead us on a journey to acknowledge You and seek You in all circumstances. Draw our hearts to look beyond every gift and “fix our eyes on Jesus”, “the Author and Finisher of our faith”. Amen.