Please don't ask me to explain why I am blogging so sporadically, and about such seemingly random selections of scripture... but... just by chance, my child learned this song at zoo day camp today. (No, I didn't purposely delay this "wild beasts and livestock" reading for zoo camp week!) It's sung to the tune of "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes": "Fur, feathers, scales and skin, scales and skin..."
Just hearing that little tune now reminds me of the vast variety of furry, feathery, scaly, and skin-y creatures we saw while we roamed the zoo grounds. The tawny frogmouth with his bright-yellow throat; he's too heavy to be much of a flier, and his feet and beak are too weak to tear up prey, so he mostly sits in a tree open-mouthed and waits, sending out a "hey-bugs-c'mon-in-I'm-just-a-pretty-flower" vibe. The black milk snake, whose body moves with incredible S-shaped grace, one scale at a time. Two zebras about the business of "being fruitful and multiplying." The armadillo, curled up into a secure croquet-ball, rather like his Alice in Wonderland relations. The vultures, whose feathers cover only their bodies while their heads are bald--all the better for digging deep into their dinners.
It's no wonder that the Creator found all of this to be "good." It reminds me a bit of another scripture, Romans 8:28, which says that "all things work together for good, for those who love God and are called according to his purpose." All these things--the creatures' camouflage, the shining and shifting scales, the copulation, the safety of the shell, the scavengers--work for the good of the creature, and of the whole creation. Even when this wildlife seems bloody, dirty, and savage, it is in fact working to God's design, and to the beauty, variety, and wonder of God's purpose.
Can the same be said for us?