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Faith & Inspiration

By Charles Towne

I closed my eyes for a few moments, must have dozed off.  When I opened my eyes, a 200-pound female bear was standing in the creek about 15 feet from me. She just stood there gazing off into the swamp with her back towards me. 

It is a wonderful thing to be accepted by the bears, yes; accepted and at times ignored.  She left as quietly as she came. Any sound she makes is far below my ability to hear.

Such an incredible creature is my friend the bear.

There is little that the bear misses. Her hearing is as keen as our own. And despite the belief that a bear’s eyesight is poor, we now know that she is blessed with exemplary sight and able to discern color.

But where she really excels is in her marvelous sense of smell. To give you a little idea of just how wonderful her sense of smell is let me illustrate with a story.  

One day a pine needle fell to the forest floor. An eagle, flying high in the sky, saw the pine needle fall, for there is not much that escapes the wonderful sight of the eagle. 

A rabbit, out for a stroll, heard the pine needle fall, for there is little that fails to reach the ears of the rabbit.   

But, way over there on the other side of the forest, a grandfather bear was dozing when the pine needle fell. He lazily opened his eyes, sniffed, and said to his wife, “Hmm, a pine needle just fell on the other side of the forest.”  His wife said, “Yes dear, and did you smell the pine needle fall on the little baby mouse that was napping on the forest floor?”

Just imagine, if our merciful God gave these wonderful senses to the wild creatures,
how much more has He provided for you and me? 

“Papa God, we thank you for your great love and mercy that you have blessed all of your creation. I wonder, could it possibly be that the greatest gift we can bless our children with is a great love, not just for others like us, but for all living creatures? Let us instill in the young a sense of awe, wonder, and respect for all life, for if we can show concern for even the smallest moth then surely we will respect one another even more. Praise you O’ Holy friend, praise you.  Amen.”


Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life.

22 COMMENTS

  1. You are so right! Love love LOVE this picture and article. God has given us so many gifts. If this is what the view from a bear is like, can you imagine God’s vision and perspective ? AMAZING. Gives you something to think about, right? Have a blessed day my dear friend and keep writing…..

  2. Dear NH, I believe there is something divine in all of God’s creatures, from the most insignificant to the most spectacular, and somewhere in that mix is man. Only our God can give you that gift of vision and perspective you speak of. O Holy God, open our eyes that we may se, open our hearts that we may love, Amen and Amen.

  3. What an amazing story! We take so much for granted and don’t even notice blessings God gives us daily! It is truly incredible how God has woven everything together. I pray we start thanking Him and get ourselves in tune with the big picture He has planned for us.
    God bless you!

  4. Dear CSG, you and NH have both hit the nail on the head this morning with the depth of your comments. What a wonderful God we serve! Chaz

  5. As we continue to impose on the homes of local wild by our aggressive building projects it is wise to learn as much as possible about them. Hopefully we’ll learn how to better coexist and preserve what is a gift from God.

  6. EdG, You are so right in your wise conclusion, but I feel it calls for more than coexisting in the way man interprets it. We, man, has proven that we cannot coexist even with our own kind. Let us become better than we are, more kind, more gentle, more compassionate! What do I mean by that? I can sum my conclusion up n one word, and that word is Christlike. Chaz

  7. Impressive story Charles, and Precious & Stunning Bear’s Pic !!! You’re Right !!!
    Incredible GOD gave us flora & fauna and many many gifts that we can’t appreciate all days … All creatures and plants with particularities turn this World UniQue !!!
    MUST Save our Planet !!! Love U, Little Bro

  8. Great story as usual. I now see why you so appreciate that picture – it is so detailed. Keep the stories coming and stay warm.

  9. Mike, you are so right! The detail in the photo is remarkable, but more than that there is an innate intelligence reflected in the eyes that indicates an intelligence that is quite extra ordinary. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could sit down next to a campfire at night and converse with the family of Ursa? Perhaps someday we will be given that great gift. I wonder if that wasn’t God’s original intent? One of us lost the gift of communication and I am not sure that it was bear? Bless you and yours my friend, chaz

  10. You said, “I feel it calls for more than coexisting in the way man interprets it.” Summing it up, you said, “I can sum my conclusion up n one word, and that word is Christlike.” What practical, “Christlike”, things can we/I do to preserve our wildlife and their habitat? Please, be specific.

  11. EdG, Ahh; dear friend, One thing we can do is not live just for the moment. Delay instant gratification. Another is, value all life. it is a frustrating situation when man doesn’t value his own life! If he doesn’t see the value of his own life enough to treat it as the temple that it is, how can he see the worth of those “others” man and animal All life is sacred, perverted by generations of sin? Perhaps, but sacred none the less. A man said, “Every creature is better alive than dead, men, moose, and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.” More to come! Chaz

  12. I loved the bear story. It teaches me that God loves all of His creation especially you and me. We are fearfully and wondrously made….praise God and thank you Charles.

  13. Hello Charles
    The first thing when we hear of bears, fear fills our senses and the need for caution. But in this case, the bear was minding her own business and not intimidating at all. No need to raise “High Alert”. I think this too is because one needs to have peace to know when peace is present. Praise Papa God for giving you peace, by so doing, HE allowed you to experience the beauty of creation in a non-threatening way. All Glory to God!!!
    Mignon

  14. Mignon, you present a very good point. Fear begets fear; with man as well as animals. It is my experience that man presents a much greater danger than does man. Thanks s much for your observation dear friend. Bless you, Chaz

  15. Jimmie, can you imagine the relationship Our Lord has with all of His creation? Blessings on you folks for eternity, Chaz

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