What’s up with dinosaurs, anyway?
It’s not an unreasonable question upon which an ol’ Gramps can ruminate …as he rides along, wedged in between two car seats…the better to give Grandsons #1 and #2 a chance to survey the dino-scene unimpeded.
Both boys found much to delight their childlike imaginations at the Jurassic Quest exhibit that recently stomped into town. There they encountered a parade of oversized creatures no longer confined to the pages of a storybook. These dinosaurs looked (and sounded) like the real thing.
Remarking on the stature of one such behemoth, Grandson #1 summarized his conclusions succinctly: “Gramps, brontosaurus is bigger than your house!”
Bigger, indeed. Nor was the original bronto-beast alone, if the fossil evidence can be trusted: The dinosaur population may well have reached 20 million animals or more, back in the day.
Quite a feat, if you stop to think about it: Tens of millions of giant reptiles roaming the planet – and to what end? Merely to delight the eye of their Creator? After all, the dinos were long gone by the time humans made their appearance. So by the (suspect) standards of speciesism, there doesn’t seem to have been much point to any dinosaur’s existence – or eventual demise.
Of course, a line of such utilitarian thought would be utterly lost on child.
Children are born mystics. Their eyes…and minds…and hearts are easily filled with wonder.
They are free to see through eyes of love.
They are free to live, without acting as if they have all the answers.
They are free to immerse themselves in mystery and gratitude.
All of which makes this ol’ Gramps start to wonder if Little Ones might have been living and loving in the near vicinity, when the Evangelist was moved to write this homage to his Maker:
Beloved: See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are.
The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
Let us pause now…to recall that we are in the presence of the Holy & Merciful One.