Saturday, July 26, 2014

Jewel # 181 (July 26, 2014)

“They shall be Mine, saith the Lord of hosts, 
in that day when I make 
(Malachi 3:17)

To my dear grandchildren,

Two Big, Strong Buffalo

“I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground,
by My great power and by My outstretched arm.”
(Jeremiah 27:5)

One of North America’s wild animals is called a buffalo.  Actually, it is not a buffalo; it is a bison.  The true wild buffalo live in the grasslands, swamps and mountains of South Africa and Asia.  Domesticated species live in Egypt, Europe and South America.  All range in size from 450 to 1500 pounds and are 3 to 5 feet high at the shoulders.  They have short, thick necks, broad heads, long tails, short legs and long, pointed horns curving outward.

All buffalo are good swimmers, and they are never found far from rivers or water holes.  They also enjoy neck deep mud baths, often shared with hippos.  They do this to escape the hot sun and relieve the bites of pesky insects.  Lets look at two kinds.

The coal-black Cape buffalo of South Africa is the largest.  It is about five feet tall and weighs over half a ton.  It is a terrifying experience to have this large animal charge you.  It can run at more than thirty miles an hour and fears neither man nor beast.  It is not a very attractive animal with its huge, low-slung, ivory-coloured, curved horns, which look like a helmet that has been draped from the top of its massive, ugly head.  

However the Cape buffalo does have some friends.  Birds called ox-peckers perch on the buffalo’s back and sides, eating their fill of ticks and other insects that they pick from the animal’s hair and skin.    These red-beaked birds are equipped by the Creator with special claws on their feet for holding onto the animal’s sides while feeding, just as a woodpecker clings to the side of a tree.  Both animal and bird find this a great convenience, and the relationship between the two is another example of how God frequently arranges for two entirely different creatures to help one another.

Another species, the water buffalo of India, is somewhat smaller and has an entirely different character.  Given a chance, it seeks marshy places and lies in the water when chewing its cud.  Large numbers are tamed and pull carts, drag plows through rice paddies, and carry loads on their backs.  Although fierce looking, they do not attack men, and when they are tamed, even little children can handle them easily.  Buffalo have very good memories.

The Lord God has taken delight in creating even these buffalo, some of them serving mankind and others just filling their place in His purposes of creation.

The Bible reminds us of this in these verses: “Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this?  In whose hand is the soul [life] of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind” (Job 12:9-10).

Love you all,

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