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While strolling along a wooded trail in springtime, we happened upon a mother moose and her newborn calf. The still-wet baby lay at her feet attempting to stand. We hushed our voices and walked backward, keeping our eyes on the cow the whole time. When we were at a safe distance, we turned and hastily removed ourselves from the area. We knew that hanging around to get another glimpse of the calf could provoke an attack from its mother.

I had never realized the fierce reputation of mother moose until we lived for a while on the East Coast. I suppose the reason that moose have had so many violent encounters with humans there is that their habitat is under more pressure from human encroachment than it is in the less-populated parkland area where I grew up.

Think About It

In God’s original plan, all creation was at peace. Since sin has come in, parents have had to be on the look-out for potential danger to their children. Normally gentle mother’s, like the cow moose, have had to become fierce to ward off threats to their offspring. What dangers do your parents protect you from? Do you cooperate with them? Try to be sensitive about their concerns.

Do It

Talk to a conservation officer or naturalist, or visit a wildlife refuge in your area to find out what animals in your area are suffering from loss of habitat. Ask if there is anything you can do to help.

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you” (Exodus 20:12).

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By Tammie Burak. Reprinted with permission from the Canadian Adventist Messenger, February 2007. Copyright © 2007 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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