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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

NOTE from Pastor Maylan: If you’re a systematically devoted follower of these Daily Photo Parable blogs, you might have noticed that this week I inadvertently put Darren Milam’s blog in the Tuesday slot, which normally is Robert Howson’s. I am going to blame this glitch on being so delighted and bedazzled by both blogs that I went into some sort of daze (chuckle). Anyway, I have now uploaded the blog you’re currently reading, which is Robert’s. Next week everything will be back in its proper order–unless these talented guys bedazzle me again!!! — Maylan

ROBERT WRITES: Beatrix Potter has given us a memorable picture of the genus Sylvilagus in her portrayal of Peter Rabbit. This genus contains 13 North American species, most of which have the familiar stubby, white tail we associate with their namesake. The Rocky Mountain Cottontail Rabbit is just one of that group. Found in the intermountain West, this species also thrives in the high desert where food is available. Their fondness of fresh grasses and herbs has put them in disfavor of local gardeners, but in winter their diet is made up mostly of bark, twigs, and buds.

Rabbits in general and cottontails specifically, live vulnerable lives as many predators consider them prime targets. Probably only 15 percent of young survive their first year, but they reach sexual maturity in two or three months and breed three or four times a year, thus producing a huge number of offspring to offset the high mortality rate. Their sensitive noses and large ears keep them alerted of possible threats. In fact, they will seldom be found out of their burrows during windy conditions since the wind places serious limitations on their hearing.

Unfortunately, we humans seem to not be as attune to God’s warnings. Listen to the words of the prophet Zephaniah: “I thought, ‘Surely they will listen to me now – surely they will heed my warnings, so that I’ll not need to strike again.’ But no; however much I punish them, they continue all their evil ways from dawn to dusk and dusk to dawn.” (Zephaniah 3:7 Living Bible) It’s really quite simple when you think about it: our survival, our well-being is dependent upon us listening to God’s forewarnings.