What we say and do, what we don’t say and don’t do, good or bad, visits many places in this world but in the end each are eventually laid at our feet. We find one of these examples in Genesis.
God commanded Noah to build an ark to rescue every animal species he created, “Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal, and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive.” Then, He flooded the Earth for 150 days to destroy mankind because, “All the people on Earth had corrupted their ways.”
Only Noah, with his family, was saved by God to care for His animals on the ark because God thought Noah to be the only righteous being on Earth. Animals are obviously very important to God; in a flood that destroyed mankind, He saved every species of animal and made explicit instructions for their care, “You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”
Something very special happened these past few weeks on Nevis. The government posted a notice at Supply that they were no longer going to carry dog food. The outcome of that would surely have meant slow suffering by starvation for many animals. Packs of dogs in search of food would have endangered our safety and all livestock, surely rising meat prices and adversely affecting tourism and our feeling of security as we move about Nevis with ease. Many people became the voice of savior for the animals, writing, calling, and contributing their protests to the Supply office in a rare opportunity to end suffering even before it began. The government in turn listened and reacted quickly with a promise to continue the importation of dog food at Supply.
Together, we have set a precedent for humanity, for caring and kindness on Nevis for the world to follow. If similarly kind hearts had spoken against, and been heard by such governments as ours this week, how different might History have been for many including Jesus upon the cross? How much suffering would have ended before it even began as it did here on Nevis this past week?
In a time when famine and natural disasters are growing, instilling fear is profitable, God’s species are becoming daily extinct, crime is high, and hate is higher, there is hope that the world can be different. Our combined voice and actions have set a beautiful example of heart and humanity for others to follow.
Maggie Mc Danal Wroth