I watched the episodes of ‘Nature’s Great Events’ by David Attenborough published by BBC the other day. It is truly amazing documentary on Nature’s great events and if you like watching wildlife I strongly suggest you to watch those 6 episodes.
All episodes were one better to other however the Great Salmon Run captured my attention well. It tells us about the life of Salmons and Grizzly Bears. What does Grizzly Bears which lives in Alaska & British Columbia have to do with Salmon in Pacific and Atlantic oceans? I tell you, you really need to watch it as it’s hard to express in words. But I will try to comprehend it here.
The Grizzly Bears during the winter go for hibernation to survive the harsh winter. They goes in hibernation in around October until February . By the end of February they wake up from there deep sleep and finds themselves starving to death as they hadn’t had any food for so long. So they head north towards the fresh waters to catch fish. It’s a long and tedious journey especially with the bear cubs. But they keep pushing until they reach the banks of rivers which will take upto 3-4 months.
Meanwhile a large group of half billion Salmons are having a long voyage of around 3000 miles from the equatorial regions to the northern regions of Alaska & Canada in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Salmon even though they are sea fish they are born in fresh waters. They have some sort of compass on the front to guide the direction and they always tend to return to the very same place where they were born to lay there eggs and die at the end of 4-5 years of life time. So in early January they are set forth to the northern regions where they were born from the equatorial regions. It takes an amazing 5-6 months time to reach the shores of British Columbia. There journey is not easy as they draw closer to fresh water it becomes hard for them to feed anymore from water as the fresh water won’t cope with there system. They turn to purple in colour and won’t feed from then on.
After a lot of hardships by the time the Grizzly Bears reach the rivers the Salmons will be coming to lay eggs and the hungry Grizzly Bears will feed on these Salmons to satisfy there hunger. But to every Salmon they catch hundreds pass the bears and head towards there birth place. Finally the Salmons reach there birthplaces and lay eggs and then they die there. The bears will have a great feast on the salmons and prepare for the next winter by returning to there homes. The Salmon story doesn’t end there but they become manure for the trees in the tropical rain forests fertilizing the soils. Thus the great journey of Salmon come to an end.
What it surprised me is the amazing way how God fed those hungry Grizzly Bears who been hungry for such long time. He didn’t just provide any other animal close by instead God brought those far away fishes in the equatorial region to feed the bears closer to North Pole! This is why it is written-“He gives food to every creature. His love endures forever.” (Psalm 136:25 NIV)
“All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things.” (Psalm 104:27-28 NIV)
And again in other episodes we see the great and amazing ways how God provides food for the animals. Whatever small plants we consider are of no values have great importance in sustaining the equilibrium of the nature. The microscopic plant Plankton they appear so small and of no use but that is the very basis of many lives in sea like the planktons become food for many fishes and other smaller organisms on which bigger fishes live on to which the biggest living organism Blue Whale lives! What an amazing God! How great is his wisdom! Who can phantom his understandings! Such a great honor and privilege to serve this great God!
“He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call.”(Psalm 147:9 NIV)
“Do you hunt the prey for the lioness and satisfy the hunger of the lions when they crouch in their dens or lie in wait in a thicket? Who provides food for the raven when its young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food?”(Job 38:39-41 NIV)
“Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!” (Luke 12: 24 NIV)
Therefore let’s not worry on anything in life for if God cares so much for those animals how much more does He cares for us! Therefore let’s not worry on what to eat, drink and clothe for God knows before we seek and He provides everything for us in right time. Therefore trust in God and surrender our lives to Him. For He is able and cares for us!
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:25-34 NIV)
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7 NIV)
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Philippians 4:19-20 NIV)