Thankful for Wolves

By Cindy Puhek on November 04, 2017

I recently viewed a short piece that explained the impact of the reintroduction of wolves at Yellowstone National Park.  The wolves have totally changed the ecosystems there for the better.

By providing a predator for the deer, the wolves caused the deer to spread out and leave the meadows where they could be easily hunted.  As a result, there was now room for other animals to move into areas vacated by the deer.  In a domino like effect, the positive impact of the wolves touched about 10 different areas of Yellowstone including creating new water areas and re-routing rivers.  If looked at from the deer's perspective, wolves are bad.  But looked at from a broader perspective, the introduction of wolves has been amazingly good for Yellowstone as a whole.

This made me wonder about the “wolves” in my life that seem like predators.  I was challenged by the Yellowstone story to thank God by faith for my wolves with confidence these predators are having a positive impact on my in ways I may not undertand until eternity.  God has promised to use everything for my good to make me more like Jesus (Romans 8:28-29) and has commanded me to rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and in everything to give thanks (1 Thess 5:16-18).   The Yellowstone wolf story has strengthened my faith to obey these commands even when I can't see the big picture yet.