And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.” (Gen. 1:24)
It’s no secret that my husband and I are passionate animal lovers…probably to a fault. We live in a farming community where feral cats are more common than corn and tobacco. Too often, a kitten will appear at our door and before we know it, we’ve been adopted. Until recently, our cats have stayed indoors, mainly for their safety and their mother’s (my) peace of mind. We finally reached a turning point where the cats’ need to be in their natural environment exceeded my protective instinct to keep them inside. In went the cat door and out went the cats…with the security they could come inside at their leisure. And soon, the cats returned with lizards, grasshoppers, and birds…so far.
My husband is quick to remind me of this scripture from Genesis and that the “creepy” things are biblical and therefore, not to be harmed. I have to admit he extends a lot more grace towards these biblical creatures than I do, particularly when they show up in the house.
Yes, these critters are God’s creation and verse 25 assures us that God saw that it was good. But…in my house, not so good.
Reading forward: Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image…and let them have dominion…over the birds of the air… and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” (v. 26) By giving us dominion over these creatures, God intends for us to take care of His creation. Extending grace to “creepy” things isn’t easy. However, sometimes grace can be extended with the sweep of a broom.