The Biggest Animal

Somehow, we’ve stumbled into doing a devotional series about animals. The Bible says we can learn about God from them:

Job 12:7-10 “But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.

Yesterday we talked about one of the smallest animals – the water bear, or Tardigrade. So today we’ll talk about what is considered to be the largest animal, who also happens to live in water, the blue whale. According to Wikipedia,  the largest blue whale measured  had a confirmed length of 29.9 metres (98 ft) and weighed 199 tonnes.  This is the length of a super yacht, or the Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil, with arms 92 ft wide.  But I always picture it in the book The Grouchy Ladybug from Eric Carle – where the length of the whale takes up 4 double-pages of the book. That really drives the point home for a kid!

You’d think that something so massive large would be fast and predatory, like we think of dinosaurs. But blue whales eat krill – teeny, tiny shrimp that they filter out of the water. They travel at less than 2mph most of the time, with maximum speeds up to 30mph when being harassed. In other words, Usain Bolt could probably outrun your average blue whale. They don’t have large groups. They aren’t harmed by much. Their predators are the killer whale and humans. Perhaps the most interesting thing about whales, and the thing you’re most likely to see in movies, is that whales sing. Wikipedia says they have specific vocalizations which vary by region, season, behavior, and time of day. And while scientists have been recording these songs, and studying the whale’s behavior, they haven’t determined what the songs mean. They might be related to reproduction, or social structure, or information about feeding.

We don’t have to know what their songs mean right now…but we do know what they will sing. One day, they will sing praises to the Lord.

Revelation 5:13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”

And we’re told over and over in the Psalms that we are supposed to sing praise to the Lord.

Psalm 98:4 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!

So when you think of the song of the whale, remember to lift your voice in praise. Even if your song is a joyful noise, like the song of the whale, it is exactly what God intended for you to do.

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