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He's got the whole world in His hands!

“So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.” (Genesis 1:21)

Hi everyone. I really hope you are all keeping safe and well. But there is at least a light at the end of the tunnel, now the vaccine has started making its rounds. We are really looking forward to the possibility of getting out and about a bit and maybe meeting up with friends and family, when it is permitted.

We love our walks and being able to see the trees and spring flowers but, most of all, we enjoy the wildlife. This seems to be the season for squirrels and robins – very cute! Like many other people, we enjoy a trip to the zoo, when it’s allowed, and one of the best zoos we have visited is in Wroclaw. It’s one of the biggest in Poland and I have visited it some five times, with Kev and Josh on one or two occasions.

Cheeky bird at the zoo

“Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature that was its name.” (Genesis 2:19)

The man referred to in the above verse is, of course, the first man in creation – Adam. God gave him the mammoth task of naming every living creature on the earth. I can’t think how he dreamed up names for them all but apparently he did!

Wroclaw zoo aquarium

“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among 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 12:7-9)

In the story of Noah found in the Old Testament, God instructed him to build an ark to God’s exact specifications. Humanity had become so corrupted that the Lord had determined to destroy His creation with a flood and start again.

However, Noah, a righteous man in God’s eyes, had found favour and was instructed to take into the ark male and female specimens of all the animals in the world, along with his family. They were the only ones who survived the flood.

I realise this has nothing to do with the above Bible verse, but I do think Noah's story should be included in an animal-themed blog. 😀

Pussy cat!

“You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.” (Psalm 8:6-8)

God gave human beings a huge task – to be in charge of the whole earth. But, with that authority, comes responsibility. How do you treat God’s creation? We should use our resources wisely because Gods holds us accountable for our stewardship of the world He gave us to live in.

Josh and the goat

“The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them.” (Isaiah 11:6)

This verse always fascinates me, as I long to see this happen! Just imagine – a world without anything to fear. The dog that doesn’t bite, the bee that doesn’t sting – just the sheer pleasure of enjoying the fellowship of all living creatures. That’s paradise for you..

The most dangerous animal in the world!

“The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.” (Isaiah 11:7)

A golden age is yet to come – a time of peace, when children could play with formerly dangerous animals. Such perfect tranquillity is possible only when Christ returns to reign on this earth.

From the butterfly house, Wroclaw zoo

Most weeks, I have a sound plan for my blog but I have to admit this doesn’t always happen! Naturally, I pray for the Lord’s inspiration and help before I write but I sometimes end up scratching my head and wondering just what to say. I wanted to feature some of my pictures from visits to the zoo and have tried to focus on Bible verses around the topic of animals.

I am including two pictures of lizards just because I can! I love these creatures. My ex-partner kept Iguanas for pets. They were very cute but the most revolting thing about them was their dietary requirements – they ate live crickets! Occasionally, they would escape from their tank and reduce me to hysteria, especially on the day that I thrust my foot into my slipper, only to encounter a cheeky critter hopping about inside! That hobby was soon curtailed, followed shortly by the owner of said lizards. Oh, well …

Predictably, I am concluding this week’s blog by wishing you a safe, healthy and happy weekend. Predictably, I am urging you to invite the Lord Jesus Christ into your life, if you have not already done so. I can recommend Him highly, from personal experience.

God bless.  Love, Ann

No Christ, no hope - know Christ, know hope.

Ain't he cute?