“In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.” - Aristotle
Recently, our family visited the zoo with some friends. We all had such a great time! You may think that it’s an activity mostly for the kids (and that’s true); but it’s actually just as fascinating for people of all ages. We saw the young, old, and in-between all enjoying themselves on this sun drenched afternoon, as they gazed at the antics of the mesmerizing zoo creatures. As we moved along from animal to animal, we would just stare…. in awe…. at each one. The creativity of their designer is so intricate, awesome, and obvious.
There’s a short movie in the big cat animal exhibit that begins with the words of Aristotle we mentioned above. “In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.” The accuracy of this statement became evident in the movie as we watched the visual of the big cats while they ate, played, fought, and just moved through everyday life. Even a close up of a tiger yawning, with his large teeth jutting out from his jaw line, gave us a sense of wonder at the magnificence of these beings. But we presume to take Aristotle’s words one step further. The reason there is something marvelous in all things nature, is because all things nature reflect a marvelous Creator…..God.
Just studying each detail of the way the animals look, move, behave, and interact with one another, can be quite breathtaking. Each animal, so unique and different in its own way, shows the vast, intense, detail oriented creativity of an all powerful God. From the simple way a giraffe has to configure its body to be able to bend down to drink water from a stream; to the fastidious manner in which the gorillas clean the hair on each other’s body; to the silent sleuthing of the lions as they hunt down their prey…..you can see the careful, intricate thought that went into the design of every little detail of every single animal. This meticulously thought out plan even extends to how the animals react to and relate to one another. All this is a reflection of God’s unconditional love.
Now, if He put so much time, effort, and thought into creating animals….how much more do you think He put into creating you! The Bible says in Psalm 139, “For You formed my inward parts, You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works, and my soul knows it very well.” Wow! That shows us that we are not accidents or the result of a big bang! God carefully, thoughtfully, and lovingly created each one of us with purpose. His design of us is marvelous, even more so than of the animals!
And if God was so careful to create us wonderfully and fearfully, we can trust His infinite love for us. We can trust that His plan set forth for us was also fearfully and wonderfully made. We can trust Him to be with us through all situations in life….the good and the bad. When someone goes to such great lengths to delicately and meticulously create something, it’s quite apparent that the creation is very important and loved by its Creator. We can see God’s unconditional love for us, not only as carefully crafted beings, but also in the fine tuning of His animal creations and surrounding nature as well.
Getting back to our zoo trip though…… I (Rebecca) have to add a funny, but gross, tidbit of information about our zoo visits. This doesn’t really have anything to do with the point of the post (except to add a bit of humor), but I have to tell it. Now, this gets a bit graphic, so be forewarned. For some reason, it seems like whenever I am at the zoo, and I look at the animal exhibits, it seems to be at the exact times that the animals decide to relieve themselves (go to the bathroom)!! It’s like clock-work! As soon as I get nearby the animal, they let a rip!! I don’t get it?! LOL!! Try and figure that one out!!
But anyway, our conclusion is to say, that if you have a zoo near you, we encourage you to make the effort to go sometime (hopefully the animals won’t have the urge to go to the bathroom in front of you). Visiting the zoo with family or friends is a lot of fun. And, as you walk from animal exhibit to animal exhibit, let it be a mirror for you to see the brilliant reflection of God’s unconditional love and design for you!!
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