But now ask the beasts and let them teach you; And the birds of the heavens,
and let them tell you Job 12:7
Life Question: Is How We Treat Our Creatures Just As Important As How We Treat
May 9th was a big day for us animal lovers as it was 'Bark In the Park'. The Humane
Society Fundraiser for our furry four-legged children! It was my dog Ruby's second
year in attendance. She did pretty good this time around, although she's still a big
time mama's girl. She was in her buggy most of the time watching everything.....and everyone.
My friends Laura and Paul were there with their dog Dolly. Her and Ruby get along
pretty well. They even walked together sniffing the grass and just enjoying being.....dogs. I watched a lot of other dog owners walking and playing with their
dogs and saw how happy both the humans and the animals were just to be sharing
in that special bond and thought to myself, "is how we treat our creatures just as important as how we treat each other?"
The answer I believe is a simple one, "YES!"
You're thinking, "how can you put animals equal with humans?" That's not the case.
If you go back to the book of Genesis, God gave humans charge over all in creation(plants, animals, etc.)with the expectation of us that we would care for
his creation the same way he would if He were here walking among us. The examples of this can be found in such bible passages as Genesis 1:24, Proverbs 27:3,
Exodus 23:4&12, Matthew 10:29 and Proverbs 12:10.
I was so glad to see so many happy dogs with their owners walking and greeting each other. Yet many thousands of animals are abused, starved and abandoned by their owners who are charged with their care and well-being. So why should
this be an important point? Some people may say that we don't have to care for
an animals well-being, or feelings or needs. That that's a "human thing". I COMPLETELY disagree!
Think of it this way, what if you had no one to feed you, give you a bath, hold you when you were scared, greet you when you got home from school or work? What if you were depressed, sad or lonely with no one there to keep you company and
be your companion when you needed one most? How would that make you feel?
Those abandoned animals feel the same way. God doesn't want any part of his creation to be abandoned, harmed or forgotten.
Animals teach us many important things: Responsibility, patience, compassion and what it means to live in the moment. There are many good things about having a
furry companion in your life, I truly believe Ruby was sent to me by God, and I
don't know what I did all these years without her, but I do know how much life she's
added to the two years I've had her since. How about you?
Stay well and blessed!