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Topic: BUSY (08/15/19)
- TITLE: Look at the Beaver
By Marlene Custer
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Later I poured over a number of websites for more information about beavers. I learned that though they are rather awkward animals on land, they are quite graceful in water. They are said to be second only to humans in their ability to alter a landscape. Using their strong front teeth they cut down trees and foliage along streams to build large lodges. The lodge creates a dam, and turns a small stream into a pond.
Beavers not only work together to take care of each other, their endeavors help other wildlife survive as well. One of the beneficiaries of the beavers’ industriousness is the Chinook salmon of the Northwest Pacific. The pools created by damming the water not only attract more insect larvae which feed the fish, but also create a refuge from predators for the salmon. Beaver pools are too shallow for large predators and too deep for big birds such as the blue heron. When the salmon are ready to move on, the deeper water makes it easier to leap over the dam.
As I thought about the busy beavers my thoughts were drawn to some places in Scripture where we are admonished to look at nature—the ants, the locusts, the sparrow. They don’t spend a lot of time worrying or being idle. They just keep busy building, storing food, and caring for their young.
I thought of Titus 2:5 (NIV) where Paul admonishes young women “to be busy at home, and to be kind”. (He has special instructions for the men as well.) Perhaps we humans could take a lesson from the animal world, and from Scripture. Not only be busy minding our own business, caring for our own homes and families, but also, like the busy beaver, help others in the process.
Beaver | National Geographic
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