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.’
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.
God had to decide which 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.
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 to brown to calico. He even made it possible for cats to have a nice purring sound.
And God must have chuckled when he created dogs. He didn’t want them all to look alike so he created many different sizes and shapes. He gave some short hair, some long hair, some curly hair, and some with almost no hair at all. Then God gave dogs the ability to bark and 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 the Ark must have been.
Noah had to keep the animals in separate cages for their own safety, but God decided that all his animals would someday live in peace. The will not be enemies and will not have to be separated. That’s what animals in 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 yearling will eat together.
The cow and the bear will graze in the same pasture and their young 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. What a day of rejoicing that will be.