God’s creatures are all precious. Can you imagine the world as it was after the first seven days of Creation? When there was only Adam and Eve in a perfect Garden—in a brand new, perfect world God had just made. Millions, maybe even billions of herds just roaming the earth; birds soaring through the air, singing praise songs to God in the morning as the sun would rise. Whales in the sea, singing praises to God with their haunting melodies. Puppies playing in a field together, a lion laying down beside a lamb. Monkeys chattering and climbing on branches and horses galloping across the countryside.
How beautiful the world and God’s creation must have been! I would have loved to see it as it once was.
Not as it is now.
Maybe I’m too much of a country girl, but if I see highrises and cars and highways, I get sad. It’s exciting, in a way, as a small-town girl, to see a bigger city. The few big cities I’ve passed through are impressive. But there’s still something about it that just stings. We have to travel on a highway to get to any town on either side of us, and I always look at the trees on either side of the highway and think… what if this road hadn’t cut in between here? When I see construction where they’ve cleared away an entire section of a forest and even a hillside that had once been there, I ask myself, “What would this have looked like if they hadn’t done this?”
I understand buildings need to be made, progress and all that. But have you ever stopped to just appreciate God’s creation? To take a walk in nature, or at the local park, just sniff the fresh air, breathe and soak it in. To look at the birds or fish or cats or puppies. We get deer and other wild animals out at our house a lot and when I see them, I smile.
Take a walk outside in nature and think on God’s creation. Dwell on it for a while and spend time with Him today.