“They shall be Mine, saith the Lord of Hosts,
in that day when I make
up MY JEWELS.”
To my dear grandchildren,
The Cuddly Koala
“All Thy works shall praise Thee, O Lord . . . Thou openest Thine hand,
and satisfies the desire of every living thing.”
The koala, also called the Australian bear, is probably the world’s most loved wild animal. This is easy to understand, since it looks like a live teddy bear. It is also gentle and loveable and is sometimes raised as a household pet.
The koala is not a bear; it is actually a marsupial, since the mother has a pouch for carrying her young. This mammal weights about ten pounds, is about two feet long and a foot high at the shoulder, and has almost no tail. Part of the reason people love this little animal is because of its inquisitive expression. Its little mouth always seems to be smiling as its round eyes look you over while wrinkling it shiny, black nose. Its thick, soft, woolly, gray fur covers even its small head and large tufted ears, and its soft arms will hug anyone holding it.
A baby koala weighs just a few ounces at birth and spends six months in its mother’s pouch. After that, it rides on her back for about a year, holding on with hand-like paws. During this time, the mother introduces the cub to a diet of eucalyptus leaves. It is interesting to see how the Creator has given them wisdom to know to eat from only about a dozen kinds of eucalyptus rather than the 600 varieties that are not suitable as food. While riding on its mother’s back, the cub learns which of these are safe, but the ability to tell the plants apart is actually giver by the Creator who made both the trees and koalas.
A koala is rather lazy. Once it finds a good eucalyptus tree, it is content to stay in the tree until all the tender leaves and buds are eaten. It sleeps during the day in the top of the tree, often hanging with its back downward, like a sloth. Life in these tall trees, again shows the special provisions of God for His creatures. Sharp claws and rough padded feet are just right for climbing and holding onto branches while it feeds.
In the hot, dry climate of Australia, what does the koala do for water? The Creator has given this animal a special stomach that not only enables it to get nourishment from the bitter eucalyptus leaves, but also to get all the water it needs from those leaves.
The koala does not know of God’s care over it, but we can know of His care over us. The Bible tells us,
“The Lord searcheth all hearts. . . . If thou seek Him He will be found of thee” (1 Chronicles 28:9).
If you have accepted Him as your Saviour, then you can also say,
"Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits”(Psalm 68:19).
Love you all,