On God’s Globe
I live in a place where deer roam free. They are just about everywhere. Therefore, a mamma deer and her baby might just pop out in front of you at any moment.
Sharing our home with wildlife is special. Through our windows in the house or in the car we find joy in watching them eat, groom, feed their young, and frolic chasing each other around. Unfortunately, a lot of people speed our country city highways. So, slow down and enjoy the deer!
We are so close to these deer yet just far enough away as this is a wild animal, and the sheer power of its body could do some damage. One time I was riding my bike on the golf cart path in the woods. Suddenly a deer in full speed crossed in front of me. As I whizzed on, I was so thankful that it didn’t hit me.
Seasons of the Deer
Sometimes I do not see a deer for a few days, and it has even been longer at times. But I do see that they have been here. Left is a trampling of a bush where perhaps they made a bed, or that striking flower that was there yesterday and is now gone, or the deer dropping left behind.
I see the seasons with the deer and the circle of life. Like through the mating season to the new little ones learning to stand and run. Sadly, to the passing of one on the side of the road. This is life where the deer roam free.
I do not get too close to these creatures as that is our mutual respect – they do not get too close to me either. I wonder if the deer watch me back. What if I were to sit outside and eat – would they find any satisfaction in watching me? I suppose I am not as graceful of an eater as a doe. When I walk near the full woods are they inside observing me? Do they get any delight out of me as I do of them?
A City Amid Woods, Swamp, and Wildlife Where the Deer Roam Free
Now I know some who have told me that they do not like the deer as they eat their flowers and get in the way of their cars – but then I think why did they move here? That is the point of living close to the woods, the wildlife. Although we are a city, we are a city amid woods, swamps, and wildlife.
These beautiful creatures of God are one of His many masterpieces. His divine nature is in this very deer just as it is in us and all creation.
In fact, the Bible says that God made the animals and man on the same day – the sixth day:
24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
God loves animals
Animals are here because God loves and delights in them. He also uses animals to teach us about Him, ourselves, and to inspire us! I have often thought that we have airplanes because of birds, and we weave and sew because of spiders and caterpillars. There are so many inventions influenced by animals.
“He makes my feet like the feet of deer,
And sets me on my high places. Psalms 18:33 NKJV
Is not Psalms 18:33 poetically beautiful and so true! How about climbing quickly and being agile like a deer. Walking swiftly to our high Spiritual hill where our Creator is. Yes, where the deer roam free.
As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God. Psalm 42:1 NKJV
The deer are special friends to God who depend upon their Creator for food and shelter. We must see that concern for God’s creatures is a godly attribute.
“Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel” (Proverbs 12:10).
I know I am not the only one who enjoys wildlife! My mother-in-law loves the bluebird birdhouse that her husband put up outside her kitchen window. I have seen many bluebirds there! And my sister loves to sit on her patio in Texas, enjoying coffee with the morning birds. A few times while talking on the phone with my close friend, a bird or butterfly will fly into her loft – causing joy but some concern! And my brother-in-law showed me a picture of a hawk that sits outside his house. I guess this is what happens when we share the same habitat!
Some of us have pets who live with us in a more intimate relationship. Throughout my life, I have had a cat, our dog (we loved her so much), and three adult geckos (and some hatched babies.) But for now, it is the remarkable wildlife that stops by to visit – although we do have some precious puppy pals belonging to our dear friends.
Will They Be With Us In Heaven?
This is a question many of us ponder. We do not know if the deer, our pets, or other animals will be with us in heaven. But we can find comfort in the fact that the animals are loved by their Creator. Afterall, God blessed the animals when He created them. And He saved them with man on the Noah’s Ark. God has compassion for their suffering just as He does for ours.
I write this in appreciation of all the amazing animals. The opportunity to live close to where the deer roam free is a blessing!
Thank you for reading! Blessings to you and yours, Deborah