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ON THE DIVINE ECONOMY.
BY MRS. TRAIL,
Author of the "Step Brothers and Young Emigrants."
A PERSON endowed with a reflective mind can scarcely take his walks abroad, without being impressed with ideas of the wisdom and goodness of the Almighty Creator of the Universe; who having called all things into existence by his word, and for his glory, upholds them by his power.Could we at one glance behold the various tribes of ocean, earth, and air collected together, we should doubt whether food could be found sufficient to satisfy the wants of the countless myriads of living creatures even for a day. Yet are their wants well supplied, not only for one day or one year, but for ages and ages. In the distribution
of his blessings, we cannot but admire the wise economy of the great Governor of the world. There is no waste, no excess; yet is there a sufficiency for all: for God has proportioned the desires of his creatures to their means of support. Those that "gather much have nothing over, and those that gather little have no lack." It would be endless to enumerate the various ways by which the animal kingdom is supplied with food by their benevolent Creator. Let us cast our eyes over a field of ripened grain. On one side we shall descry the busy harvestmen, reaping the corn, and binding it into sheaves, to fill the barns and granaries of the owners of the land; while the children of the poor, with a careful hand and eager eye, gather up the scattered ears as they fall from the reaper's sickle. The blessings of the harvest are not, however, confined to man-flocks of birds as
semble, from early morn till dewy eve, to feast on the grain that has been shaken from the husk. The timid hare, the rat, the field-mouse, the hedge-hog, with many of the smaller quadrupeds, assemble to share the spoils. The harvest is not employed by these little animals merely in the gratification of their appetite-they also have their store-house and barn; and, as if endowed with the nicest powers of calculation, neither lay by too much, nor too little, for their winter's store: they are directed by unerring Wisdom to know the times and seasons. How trifling, how insignificant, does the economy of man appear, when compared with the infinite wisdom of God's Providence! His household is numberless; yet he provideth for them all; and from the greatest to the least, none are disregarded by Him who formed them; and having formed, continually preserves them.