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I have never been to camp. I have never slept in the great outdoors. And yes, I jump in utter awkwardness when I see creepy crawlies.

I am one of those people who will happily sing “All things bright and beautiful. All creatures great and small…” to suddenly start dancing with anxiety when I see a spider making an unexpected visit.

During our 12-day stay in Hong Kong, Mum and I are staying at my grandparents flat on an island just outside mainland Hong Kong. It is literally full of creepy crawlies. Things like grasshoppers, crickets, lizards, tarantulas, cockroaches, beetles are some of the things we get to see! A bit different to the usual dogs and cats back home.

There was one species of creepy crawlies that didn’t cause me to respond awkwardly, and I think I captured over a dozen photos of the humble butterfly. Fortunately, I didn’t need to chase my camera to snapshot a butterfly, as the thing found refuge on an abandoned plastic cup. It was pretty cool seeing the beautiful details of its wings and face. It was even more cool to record some video footage of the butterfly do its thing… whatever butterflies do for a living!

Whether a creature is great or small (or even ugly from our own human eyes), all living creatures (including humans – yes, you and me!) are beautiful in God’s eyes. After all, the LORD God created with great precision and purpose. Such creatures should remind us to give God the glory for His purposeful creation, in a way that we should be reminded that we have an awesome Creator and Saviour who created the heavens and the earth, and that He longs for us to know Him and worship Him as our LORD and Saviour.

~Richard