Mr. Whiskers arrived at Beech Croft in December 2003. He had not waited for an invitation. We both survived a rather major adjustment. It took time, but after I began to know him, I was hooked. I loved him and that transferred to understanding and caring for other animals in a way I had not experienced before.
Mule deer are plentiful in this area. With no hunting permitted, they are quite tame. They stop and gaze when I come close on my trek out to the paved road. We've been seeing gorgeous bucks with impressive racks. I wouldn't mess with them, but I would love to give the does and fawns a rub behind their ears.
When mankind listened to Satan's lies and forfeited dominion of this earth to him, all of creation came into bondage along with man. Forces opposite to God's design took over. The Lord Jesus, the sinless God-Man, came to this earth, gave His life and defeated Satan. Had Christ not won back that authority for all who serve Him, we, and all nature, would have no hope.
In Romans 8:19-23 Paul describes creation groaning as it waits for God's children to come into their rightful place; anticipating deliverance from oppression and corruption. Isaiah spoke of a time when the mountains and hills will sing and the trees will clap their hands. (Isaiah 55:12) Nature is prepared to celebrate when the kingdoms of this world "become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ".(Revelation 11:15 KJV)
The deer will have no reason to be wary of other animals or humans. Isaiah prophesied of the day when the wolf, the lamb, the leopard, the kid, the calf, the young lion, the cow, the bear... all will live together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. (Isaiah 11:6,7)
An answer to the cry of creation will come. Until it does, our opportunity to choose to accept Father's invitation to become a member of His family and a citizen of His Kingdom through Christ is still extended.