Kathy called last week to see if we wanted to join her family at the John Ball Zoo. It was a perfect day, & Stephen could come too, so we zipped right off to dah zoo! The kids love watching the animals, but I enjoy watching the kids just as much. And, of course, the animals like watching the all the crazy people too! One of the special delights is watching Iris’s understanding grow and change. This time she understood the shadowy image that was lurking behind the glass. What is he doing? Is he trying to talk like this? Is he a fish like we eat?? Oliver’s almost 1. He doesn’t see the fish, and he has no clue what a fish is,
but he sees his reflection in the glass, and that fascinates him! Oliver sees the budgies, but when they try to eat, he wants to touch them. Iris has it all figured out and knows you have to hold very still to feed a budgie. Being a big girl now (2), she’s even learning how to let them sit right on her stick. Iris has learned that if you’re quiet and gentle, the lambs are safe to pet, but Olie isn’t at all sure what to make of a great big lamb that bellows “Baaaa!”Now, chickens are more Oliver’s speed and a somewhat less intimidating size… but they’re way too cagey and experienced to be apprehended by such a little tyke. Having lost his prey under the table, Oliver decides to climb aboard and see if there might be a little smackerel of something yummy for elevensies. Now Oliver is full again, but he just can’t figure out why everybody is so excited! The otters in this exhibit move so fast he can’t follow their antics… and the turtles in this exhibit virtually never move at all.
So…is there really anything to see? What’s the fascination with the old folks?Iris can’t really pick out the four turtles either, but she likes feeling the mock-up. The most impressive animals this trip are the bears, who are very active. Iris thinks the bears look cuddly and keeps asking if she can ride one. She doesn’t know about long claws and sharp teeth, but it’s okay. She’s safe with her parents, and I’m sure when she’s big enough to understand, they’ll explain! Watching the kids makes me think of how we learn about God in the Bible. At first, nothing much makes sense to us at all! Like a fast chicken, Romans is too hard, and like a slow turtle, books like Leviticus and Numbers…well, what?? As we get a little older, we begin to get curious and want to learn more. We read about captivity and freedom, and lurking danger. We learn about the God of grace and beauty who created the world and loves us, and we long for the quiet rest He promises to those who put their trust in Him. Some passages are almost impenetrable, which is why it’s so important to have spiritual mentors in our lives who love us and will do their best to train us and help us grow up!
“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To him be glory both now and for ever.”
(2 Peter 3:18)