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Not One Will Fall to the Ground

2Are not two sparrows sold for a [y]cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 

Matt. 10:29-30

We have had some loss around here lately.  It always makes me a bit sad and reflective.  Then I see how my kids just kind of take it in stride and don’t really notice.  That troubles me.

I lost 3 chickens in the last few weeks.  They seemed to be fine and then suddenly, look bad and die.  Its the way chickens are, I have learned.  Think about this; they are prey animals.  If they show weakness, they are killed.  So you never really know when they are sick until, well, its too late.  I have some things I am looking at for them and I should have it under control soon.  Hopefully really soon, since I want to add the new group to the coop before winter.

Then, we lost a horse the other night.  No, it didn’t die.  It was sold and moved to a new home.  I am sad about that. She has been a part of our herd for a couple of years now and she was one of the naughty girls!!  I didn’t really bond with her at all, truthfully, she was not my favorite.  She had some bad habits from years of poor training.   Still, I cared for her over these last couple years so there is a connection.  I am praying that the new owners can connect with her and realize that she is not just a big, dumb, mindless animal.  She is a living being.

I kept thinking this afternoon about this song from the Disney movie, as I pondered this post:

You think you own whatever land you land on

The Earth is just a dead thing you can claim
But I know every rock and tree and creature
Has a life, has a spirit, has a name

From the Pocahontas Soundtrack, “Colors of the Wind”

Now, to be clear, I am not into the whole everything is God.  Everything is Divine.  There is a clear and fine line that I am going to try to explain.  I believe in God, I believe God’s Spirit is in the living creatures. It says so in the Bible so I believe it.  It says that God values and loves the creatures, so I believe it.  It says in Matt. 10 that God cares for a little sparrow, and that he cares so much more for us.

That is what I want to be clear on.  God loves the animals, He cares for them.  But people are much more important to Him.

God cares about our animals.  He cares that 3 of my chickens have died lately.  He cares that one of our horses moved to a new home.  He knows the names of the 3 chickens that died.  I never named them.  To me, they are just chickens, but He knows. He knows the horse, knows her story, knows her name.

He cares about them. He cares that they maybe haven’t been cared for the best they could.  He cares that the horse has a new owner.  He cares that we are sad when they are no longer in our possession.  He Cares for them.  He loves them too.  They are part of His creation.

I need to make sure my kids understand that and remember that we are to be good stewards of the animals God has placed in our care. Mostly, we need to remember that if God cares for the animals He has placed in our lives, how much MORE He cares for US!!!  He Loves US!

He knows everything about us and He LOVES US!

Say this, “God really Loves ME!!”




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