"And they shall be Mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up MY JEWELS."
To my dear grandchildren,
The Giant Panda
"Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world."
There are two varieties of pandas, but they are very different from each other. The lesser panda is small and raccoon-like with long, reddish-brown fur and a long, ringed tail. Its home is in the Himalayan Mountains near India. The more interesting panda looks like a big stuffed toy and seems like a cross between a bear and a raccoon. This one is the giant or great panda. It also lives in the high Himalayas along the border of China and Tibet.
The giant panda has a round, white head with jet-black ears and nose and black circles around its eyes that look like they've been painted on. It looks cuddly and is loved by people everywhere. When fully grown, it is almost five feet long and almost two feet high at the shoulder - about the size of a small bear with just a stump of a tail. The cubs are especially cute and lovable, and their mothers carefully watch them.
There are five kinds of bamboo that they will eat. They seem to know which parts of these plants have the most food value. At certain seasons they eat just the leaves and stalks and at other seasons only the plant stems. Having big appetities, they munch on about a hundred pounds of bamboo every day.
Living in such a small area in this remote part of the world, pandas usually hide when people approach, so they are not seen on the wild very often. The Chinese people love them and are concerned because they may become extinct.
In 1972 the Chinese wanted to send a complimentary git to the President of the United States. They selected a pair of these animals and shipped them to the Washington, D.C. zoo. To help preserve these lovable animals, arrangements were made to place more of them in zoos in other cities as well, and this has helped to multiply their numbers.
Although most people did not know about the great Panda for many years, it has always been under the watchful care of its Creator, as the opening verse of this article tells us. Another Bible verse says: "Neither is there any creature that is not manifest [displayed] in His sight" (Hebrews 4:13).
If God thinks about and cares for animals in far-off remote mountains, just think how much more He must care for you. This care is shown by His great love to all people in sending His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, into the world to "give His life a ransom for many" (Matthew 20:28). If you will come to Him as a sinner and tell Him you are sorry for your sins and accept Him as your Saviour, you will become His very own forever. If you have not done this as yet, He invites you to come to Him today.
Did you know a newborn panda is 900 times smaller than its mother.
Love you all