Friday, May 15, 2009

Lot in Life

Julie and I have just started watching episodes of Planet Earth in the Blu Ray format and what they have captured on video is incredible.

Many of the segments deal with the hardships faced by animals as they endure a daily struggle for survival in their habitats. Some change habitats annually - such as birds that undertake lengthy migrations and by the time they reach their destinations, are barely able to flap their wings.

It made me wonder, why don't they just stay put where they are instead of torturing themselves like that? Of course, I know that a big reason why they don't stay put is because the seasons make one place temporarily inhospitable, forcing their move to another place.

But year after year these creatures repeat themselves. Isn't there an easier way? Or how about the 17 year cicada.. It takes them 17 whole years to mature into an adult and when they finally do, they mate and die after a couple of days. It sort of makes you wonder what is the point?

Well, what exactly is the point? It's beyond comprehension. Maybe the animals watch movies about humans who annually make a summer pilgrimage to Cape Cod, arriving with barely enough gas in the tank and frazzled beyond belief by their offspring who keep asking, "are we there? Are we there yet?" And they wonder why do we continue with that ritual year in and year out.

The wonder of nature is truly awesome to behold; each creature going through its lot in life. Could animals think their way out of the box and say hey, there's an easier way? But then humans get stuck just as much as do the animals.

Don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34

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