The new Super Bowl Budweiser commercial wrings our heartstrings, as they always manage to do with their creative marketing. In its race around Facebook land, it richly reminded me, yet again, of this perfect example that God has set before us.
There is almost nothing that warms the cockles of my heart more (except maybe young children singing Christmas songs) than seeing different animal species forming special friendships against all odds. It shouldn’t happen because in many cases these animals on are enemies on the food chain…but yet… it does. Our world, the one we live in, doesn’t give us a mindset for such things, because it is not what is supposed to happen. But someone forgot to tell that to the animals, I guess.
As a teacher, I was always on the lookout for stories such as these to share with my students as a prime example that friendships are formed with the heart, even when or especially when, someone is different from us. I wanted them to know that Love has no boundaries….thank goodness. There are so many wonderfully unlikely examples to be found. All of them rare. All of them special. There was a dog and an elephant, a baby hippo and a turtle, a cat and a dolphin, a lioness and a baby gazelle, an owl and a kitten, a dog and a koi, a piglet and a tiger, a macaw and a monkey, a giraffe and an ostrich, and the lists goes on and on. Search them out for yourselves. You will be glad that you did.
I think that we are drawn to these stories, because I truly believe that this is the thumbprint of our Father in Heaven on our hearts. It gives us a mere glimpse of what our world was supposed to look like and what it will again one day in eternity. It is a tree star….the wonder in our world that is so readily evident to teach us.
“The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear,their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox.”
~ Isaiah 11:6-7