In 2020, Twitter user @AlexJoestar622 set the internet on fire when he posted a photo of what looked like a human-size bat in the Philippines. While many were quick to call the photo fake, it’s since been confirmed to be real and shows a giant golden-crowned flying fox (Acerodon jubatus). Also known as a golden-capped fruit bat, this endangered species is one of the largest bats in the world and is endemic to the Philippines. Classified as a megabat, these flying foxes can weigh up to three pounds with a wingspan of up to five and a half feet.
God’s creativity never ceases to amaze me. That He would create a human-size bat, when most people have very dim views of bats, seems a little playful to me. Then again, I wouldn’t want to encounter one of these fellas in a dark forest. Luckily, giant golden-crowned flying foxes really have no interest in humans. Their diet primarily consists of figs and leaves.
Genesis 1 tells us – And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birdsfly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day. (Verses 20-23)
Life would be much less interesting were it not for God’s creativity born out in the animal population. What a gift they are. Even the bats.
Our furry friends and winged avians may have been created first, but His image bearers are here for an even greater purpose. To love and adore our creator. To marvel at His goodness. To reflect His glory in all we say and do.
And, to bless one another with the unique gifts He’s given us.
And that’s the Memo. Steve