Unending Diversity

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
    make known among the nations what he has done.
 Sing to him, sing praise to him;
    tell of all his wonderful acts.
Glory in his holy name;
  let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Look to the Lord and his strength;
  seek God’s face always.

Psalm 105:1-4

My husband and I live just off of I 580, across from the Dunsmuir Ridge. This time of year the ridge  turns gold and the grass will soon yellow as the heat increases. It is  quintessential Northern California terrain. I love the tender green of spring, but I find the gold beautiful as well. This is the time of year when  well over 100 goats are brought in to keep the vegetation down. If I stand at my bathroom window and look over my neighbor’s roof, I can watch them graze on this part of the ridge.  I find them fascinating to watch. The baby goats are full of energy and like most kids everywhere, they love to run, jump, play pranks, and eat. The older female goats keep a watchful eye on them. The males watch over the herd, and the herding dogs keep a wary eye on anything that is not a goat.  It is a system that has worked for generations.

What I have noticed over the past couple of days is that there are three primary colors of these goats: white, brown, and black. Yet, few of the goats are a solid color. The three colors combine in a myriad of ways, and while I have not done a scientific study, there does not seem to be a repetition of any pattern. Some closely resemble another, but there always seems to be a difference. Maybe one has black ears, and another white. Perhaps  the patterns on the body vary.  I can’t get close enough to see the eyes, but I suspect they may vary some as well.
I am reminded God’s creation is ongoing, and continues to diversify.  That includes humanity. The color of our skin, hair, and eyes vary. Some of us are quite young, others much older. However, like goats always look like goats, humans look like humans.  We may move, laugh, sing and cry differently, but we do so in a human way. May we remember that no matter our age, the color of our skin and eyes, God’s Spirit is in each one of us. May we always treat one another with the dignity that God’s Spirit deserves.  We are part of God’s good creation.    

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