What separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize

“every living creature according to its kind”

Genesis 1:24


Look at this:

195 colors of bird pic

It’s a not-so-great photo that I took at the San Diego Wild Animal Park last year.  I came across it in my photos the other day.  Sorry it’s not better quality.  As I recall, we were rushing to leave, so I snapped it rather hastily.  And I would have tried to take a better one, but I could tell by the lighting (and the fact that the camera wanted to focus on the cage) that I wasn’t going to be able to get the colors any better.  Which is too bad, because that was the aspect of this beautiful creature that was fascinating me. 

I don’t know if you can tell, but his head and neck are light bluish, and the body is rather a mottled brown.  Both of them are beautiful in their own way, but what I love is the combination.  Blue and brown kinda don’t seem like compatible colors.  I mean, if you wanted to wear a light bluish shirt with mottled brown pants, it probably wouldn’t work.  Or you’d need something to tie them together ~ the right accessory makes all the difference, doncha think?

Or how about this fella?


This was a photo I saw in National Geographic.  Just look at those colors!  Who else but God would decide to put brown and white and mint green and hot pink together?  I looked at this photo, and I thought, “No wonder it’s so hard for artists to duplicate nature…”  I just love the way the lizard’s back has green mixed in with pink and brown, and all perfectly blended.  A mosaic, perfectly designed by the Creator.

God blends characteristics that sometimes don’t seem to go together.  Like my kind, gentle, ice hockey-playing husband.  Or my sister, who studied opera in college, but was also perfectly comfortable in a job that required steel-toed boots and driving a forklift.

We like to pigeon-hole people.  Label them.  I think it makes us more comfortable, or gives us a feeling of control to think we know what to expect from people.  But God is a designer who will not ~ cannot ~ be limited.  Expect the unexpected, from others and from yourself.


~ “And God made everything

that creeps on the earth according to its kind. 

And God saw that it was good.” ~

Genesis 1:25


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