Writings from Pastor Webb
The other day I observed a robin looking for worms and was intrigued by the process. It would hop and then stop; tilt its head and either drive its beak into the ground or simply move to another spot and repeat the process. How does it know if there is anything there? Is it by smell, sight, hearing or none of the above?
My son, Jarrod, gave me an article that doesn’t answer the question but may shed some light on possibilities. Science has determined that the animal kingdom can see colors and ranges that we humans can’t. Caribou can see ultraviolet wavelengths that are invisible to humans and other mammals. This enables them to see food sources beneath the snow.
Butterflies can distinguish five primary colors that give them up to 100 billion different combinations. The mantis shrimp can see ultraviolet light, polarized light and possibly infrared in addition to 11 or 12 primary colors. We humans distinguish three primary colors.
Birds also see in the UV range, which helps in finding food and determining ripe fruit. They also have UV pigments among their feathers that are used in social roles. Since we can’t see UV, they all look the same to us. I wonder what else we are missing.
The point is clear that the world we see is not the same one that the animal kingdom sees. This prompts an even bigger question. We are spiritual beings living in a physical body and world. What is in the spiritual world that we can’t see? What might God open up to us when we allow the Spirit to work in our life? Scripture says that if we are the children of God we will be led by the Spirit of God. I wonder what we miss by focusing only on the natural. The animal kingdom proves our realm is limited. What can the spiritual realm prove? I just wonder …