Yesterday the kids were out of school so we did a little family adventure to the zoo. Everytime I go to the zoo I am blown away by the creativity of God. Below is the very quick account of how our earth became populated with our millions of animal companions:
And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth." And there was evening, and there was morning--the fifth day. And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
From toucans to flamingos to meerkats to lions (to orangatans to rhinos to komodo dragons to sea lions to giraffes to pythons), God conceived them in His mind and by His power He spoke them into being. One thing that you can be sure of about God is that He is most definitely not boring. Anyone who can dream up the variety, color, and behaviors of millions and millions of different species of animals is truly a God beyond what we can grasp. A life of following Him will truly be filled with wonder and it will take an eternity to discover His fullness and beauty. How incredible to think that this wonderful God wants us all to know Him as Father and embark on an incredible eternal adventure with Him.