YES, ELLIE JANE, THERE WILL BE ANIMALS IN HEAVEN
Ellie Jane was sad when her dog, Bexley, died. She said, “Daddy, will Bexley go to heaven? My friends at school said animals don’t go to heaven.”
“Well, Ellie Jane, your friends are wrong,” her daddy said. “They have not yet learned to believe what they cannot see.
There will, indeed, be animals in heaven because God loves animals. When he created the world he wanted lots and lots of animals in it so he created every kind of animal imaginable and when he was finished he said, ‘That’s good.’ He was glad he created the animals.
Of course, creating all those animals was a big job and God had lots of decisions to make. He had to decide which animals would be tiny, which ones would be big, and which ones would be humongous.
Gold had to decide what color he wanted each animal to be and which ones would get spots, which ones would get stripes, which ones would get feathers, and which ones would get tails.
God had to decide which animals would live in the water, which ones would live on the land, and which ones would fly in the air.
And what fun it must have been for God to decide how many different kinds of cats he wanted and the colors he wanted them to be, everything from white as snow to black and brown to calico. He even made it possible for the cats to have a nice purring sound.
And God must have chuckled when he created dogs. He didn’t want them to all look the same so he created many different sizes and shapes, and he gave some short hair, some long hair, some fluffy hair, and some with almost no hair at all. Then he gave the dogs tails to wiggle and waggle.
Yes, Ellie Jane, God loves animals. He loves them so much that he had Noah put them on his huge Ark to save them from the great flood. What a wild traveling zoo that must have been in the Ark.
Noah had to keep the animals in separate cages for their own safety, but God decided that someday all his animals will live together in peace. They will not be enemies and will not have to be separated. That’s what heaven will be like.
The wolf will romp and play with the lamb.
The leopard will lie down and sleep with the goat.
The calf and the lion and the yearling will eat together.
The cow and the bear will graze in the same pasture and their young will lie down together.
So you see, Ellie Jane, God loves animals. And because he wanted animals everywhere on earth he will surely want animals everywhere in heaven. And he will look at how they live in peace with one another and he’ll say, ‘That’s good.’ And all God’s children will be able to take care of the animals without fear or harm. How special heaven will be for everyone.”