All Creatures Great and Small

Steven Bouma-Prediger

READ : Genesis 1:9-21

So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. (v. 21)

The ocean wind smelled of salt and just about blew my hat off. Our eyes were keenly focused on the water. Then we spied them – a pod of pilot whales swimming, so effortlessly, a mere 20 yards off the starboard bow. Beautiful creatures they were – graceful, playful, winsome. They took our breath away.

I plopped down in the canoe and rinsed my muddy feet with lake water. Most of the mud from the mucky portage trail came off, but one patch between my toes did not. Slowly I realized that the recalcitrant “mud” was a rather large leech. With some force I gently pulled the creature from my toes and placed him on my canoe paddle for all
to see.

All creatures great and small, God creates them all. So Scripture teaches. The pilot whales and the leeches, the giant squid of the deep and the striped bass of the shallows. The sparrows and the swallows, the warblers and waxwings and woodpeckers. And God sees them and says they’re good. So should we.

PRAYER

Creator God, help us to see all your creatures, great and small, with your eyes.