“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?”
God of All Creation recounts how a miniature dachshund taught her owner, James Robison, profound insights about life, faith, and God’s care for all of His creation. A devoted dog lover and co-host of the television program Life Today, James shares how the antics of his own dog, Princess, as well as observations from all animals
in creation, reveal “expressions of God’s love, lessons of His grace, warnings about sin, and other eternal truths.”
Heart-warming stories and winsome line drawings bring to life the lessons James has learned from his pets and creatures living in the wild. And through his inspiration and spiritual insights, you, too, will learn to know God’s voice, to submit to Him, and to trust Him with your every need.
“I love that James did this book!” —BETH MOORE
“You are about to read some poignant lessons we can learn from pets and all creatures—a clear revelation of the love God has for each of us. I share what I’ve learned as I’ve watched, held, and loved our little Princess and as I’ve watched wild animals in nature. Only a God who truly loves us as individuals could bless us with such treasured moments with our pets and wildlife, if we will just take notice…
“A friend once said, ‘If you can’t see God in everything, you won’t see God in anything.’ In this book we will explore…eternal truths as we consider our pets and other awesome residents of God’s vast creation.”
I never dreamed a miniature dachshund could make such a profound impact on my wife, Betty, and me.
I was the first to see the six-week-old puppies at a local feed store. There they were—four black dachshund puppies and a very different, blue heeler–colored one with blue eyes. This puppy was very unusual. Of course, they were all irresistibly cute, crawling, rolling, and nipping at one another. I picked up one and looked at its little pug nose that would grow to be long, pointed, and regal. I couldn’t wait to ask Betty if she would like to get one.
Her response did not surprise me, yet I was disappointed: “I don’t want a dog in the house,” she said, “and we travel too much. We don’t have time to train it. It’s too much trouble.” She was right, but I wouldn’t relent. “I would love to have a lap dog to love on,” I said. She still resisted, so I knew I would have to come up with a plan.
A few days later four of our grandchildren were visiting, and I asked if they would like to go see the puppies just up the road. “Let’s go! Let’s go! Come on, Mimi,” they cried out to Betty. She was outnumbered, so we drove to the feed store. When the grandchildren saw the puppies, you can imagine the response.
“Mimi and Papaw, let’s get one! They are so cute!”
When the kids picked up several puppies and passed them around, I knew I had her. How could she resist? As Betty held them, especially the smaller, calmer one with brown eyes, she was smitten. She cupped the tiny puppy in her hands, looked into her face, and fell in love.
“Are you sure that’s the one you want?” I asked. “She seems tiny and less active.”
“This is the one,” she replied. “This is our princess.”
The grandchildren jumped for joy, especially seven-year-old Laney. We paid for the puppy, got in the car, and began a life-enriching journey. I had no idea the joy, laughter, tears, and lessons we were about to learn from that short-legged, stretched out, slick-as-a-seal black dog with brown trim.
Princess often sits on my chest with her paws folded and her nose close to mine. I look at her and tell her how God made her so beautiful and painted her so pretty. Her distinct markings are amazing.
You are about to read some poignant lessons we can learn from pets and all creatures—a clear revelation of the love God has for each of us. I share what I’ve learned as I’ve watched, held, and loved our little Princess and as I’ve watched wild animals in nature. Only a God who truly loves us as individuals could bless us with such treasured moments with our pets and wildlife, if we will just take notice.
Jesus, the greatest person who ever lived, said, “Look at the birds” (Matthew 6:26), and Solomon, the wisest man, said, “Take a lesson from the ants” (Proverbs 6:6). Both our Savior and the man renowned for his wisdom understood the deeper truths that God reveals through His creation—from foolish sheep to dangerous predators, soaring eagles, birds of prey, and even hard-working insects.
A friend once said, “If you can’t see God in everything, you won’t see God in anything.” In this book we will explore expressions of God’s love, lessons in His grace, warnings about sin, and other eternal truths as we consider our pets and other awesome residents of God’s vast creation.
Excerpted from God of All Creation by James Robison with James Randall Robison. Copyright © 2012 by James Robison with James Randall Robison. Excerpted by permission of WaterBrook Press, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.