Practicing Dominion

cardinal 368Over the weekend we got about four inches of snow here in southeast Kentucky.  Along with the snow have come some very frigid temperatures.   This combination has resulted in an abundance of birds at my feeder.  Yesterday there was an incredible variety of birds dropping by to fill up on sunflower seeds.  Even birds that do not normally come to the feeder paid a visit.  I took advantage of the situation and took a lot of photographs.

When snow covers the ground the seeds I provide help the birds survive.  I am glad that I can help out.  In fact, in some ways I feel like I’m supposed to.  When humans were given “dominion” over the animals in the Creation story I believe that this “dominion” included caring for the animals.  I like to think that by feeding the birds I am practicing dominion. 

chickadee 268I can take this a step further and say that by feeding the birds I am partnering with God.  Recently I alluded to the verse of Scripture where Jesus says “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.” (Matthew 6:26)   God has created many sources of food for the birds.  There are times—like when it snows a lot—that I can assist God by helping get this food to the birds, making it more readily assessable.  In my understanding, this, too, is a part of practicing dominion.

We live in a world where we need more people to practice dominion from a biblical perspective. Unfortunately, there is far more at stake than simply birds being fed.  Due to things like urban expansion, the widespread use of chemicals, and destruction of the world’s rain forests an alarming number of animals are in danger of becoming extinct.  All of these animals are creatures God deliberately chose to make.  If they are to survive folks like you and me are going to have to find way of partnering with God to care for and preserve them.  There is such a way; it is called practicing dominion.