Habakkuk 3:19: “The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights. (For the choir director: This prayer is to be accompanied by stringed instruments.)”

A number of hopping, moving specks on a brick wall is all you can see from afar: Alpine ibexes have taken to scaling the nearly vertical Cingino Dam in Italy. Ibex are very nimble. They can jump more than 6 feet (1.8 meters) straight up without a running start. This helps them roam mountainous terrains with ease. Goats have been using their God-given dexterity to climb high and out of reach for predators; humans have been using their God-given brain to develop strategies to survive in the wild.

The human brain has the same basic structure as other mammal brains but is larger in relation to body size than any other brains. God gave us a large brain so we can think. Our thought processes are intricate. Brilliant minds form think tanks. We think up building structures, complicated machinery, and fast processing computers. We develop technology to negotiate space, we entertain, we cook gourmet food, we create music, we believe in beauty and aesthetics, we create artwork, we can tell a tale, and make stunning discoveries in the micro- and macro cosmos around us.

Unfortunately, our human progress has also progressively affected Earth’s biosphere. A latest study has discovered that humans make up 0.01 percent of life on Earth, but they have caused the loss of 83 percent of wild animals.

Well, this big brain of ours seems to be a blessing and a curse. Or maybe it isn’t. Maybe our brains are a blessing but they turn into a curse when we forget who gave us this brain. Animals may outsmart us in that department. Prophet Jeremiah remarked (Jeremiah 8:7):

“Even storks know when it’s time to return. Mourning doves, swallows, and cranes know when it’s time to migrate. But my people don’t know that I ,the Lord, am urging them to return.

Way up there on the mountain heights of human civilization we need to apply our achievements wisely. God knows mountain heights can be tricky! Surefooted goats rely on their Maker as they negotiate the cliffs. We can learn from the mountain goats. Let’s not forget where we are from!