How amazing is God’s creation! Larry and I went to see Born to be Wild 3D. This film documents the rescue of orphaned orangutans in the rain-forests of Borneo and baby elephants by the rugged Kenyan savannah.
When poachers kill mother elephants for their ivory tusks, they leave behind defenseless babies who cannot survive without their mother’s milk. In the film, animal tenders rescue a grieving orphan bent over his mother’s body. When a rescued elephant begins to play and show joy again, his keepers know he will survive and probably thrive. These untamed babies express affection, playfulness, and grumpiness—just like human children.
Elephants have a remarkable ability to discern who likes them. They choose their keepers and hug them with their trunks.
As amazing as these babies’ abilities to relate and discern sincerity were, that could not compare with the perception expressed by the older elephants when the time came to begin introducing them back into the wild. My jaw dropped when a herd of former orphans trotted into the wildlife preserve to envelop and welcome the babies. These elephants traveled miles through the jungle to arrive at the moment the babies were entering the park. No one knows how these adults perceive the arrival of the orphans, but the herd always comes to greet and introduce them to jungle life.
God let Job in on the secret of such instinct thousands of years ago. “Who gives intuition to the heart and instinct to the mind?” Job 38:36, (NLT). God is the one who instructs the elephants that it is their turn to care for the orphans.
In our civilized world, technology wows us. WiFi, microwaves, animal intuition, and other wonders of nature remind us that our world is full of layered complexity. We have barley skimmed the surface of God’s creation. Imagine what it will be like when the curse is lifted and the earth is restored.
What has amazed you recently? How do these marvels draw you back to worshiping our awesome Creator?
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