I never do. When I walk near the edge of the ditch they pop into their wholes. If i walk slowly toward the canal I see them dance across the dock. I hear their miniature crab feet rustle across leaves. If I'm quick enough I might surprise two of them waltzing on the dock, as if it were a stage.
If I sit very still along the bank of the side creek they will come half way out of their whole, and with their largest claw in the air they will wave it back and forth, opening and closing their pinchers. Soon a chorus of claws will perform in unison, but only if I sit very still. If I move they stop, scurry and hide. As small as they are they know of my presence and they act in fear. Their "dread" of me causes them to always use caution and never trust mankind.
Mankind has lost its chance to coexist in peace with the animal kingdom. In studying and pondering Genesis I was made aware of a few thoughts concerning man's relationship to the animal kingdom.
Prior to the flood:
- Genesis 1:28 Both man and animal ate herb for meat.
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein life, every green herb for meat: and it was so.
- Man had dominion over the animals. Genesis 1:28 This meant he was in charge of life on the earth. He was called to know and care for the earth.
- The garden still existed. I have to believe that man and beast had memory of its great blessings to them.
- Man's evil imagination escalated his actions to violence. Prior to the flood there is no reference to animals need to fear man. But in fact it does say that God's hope had been in man's ability to learn to love one another and all of the earth and follow "his way." flesh had corrupted his bway upon the earth. His way was not the way we now know. A few things changed after the flood. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all a
- Noah builds an altar and petitions God for a promise that this will never happen again.
- God covenants with Noah AND every living beast upon the earth, that he will never again flood the earth.
- God changes the nature of the relationship of man to the animals. No longer does man have dominion over the animals but he also has lost his "right" to associate peaceably with them. God places in the animals a fear and a dread. Why?
- I believe it was a way to try to protect the animals from man's unrighteous dominion.
- dietary laws change. The definition of "meat" changes see Geneses 1:29-30 Genesis 9:3, 4
- Animals have the ability to protect and defend themselves from man and from one another. (this is to say that God's original plan might have "hoped" that this would not be needed."
- Man looses the wisdom and insight of animals intelligence. We have to resort to study and science to learn from the animals. Were they once able to help us and communicate with us?