Some find it easier to love an animal rather than a human as we become selective and comfortable with our limited and poor examples of love. In loving God we learn to love His creation and those created in His image…It doesn’t come naturally as we often think only of ourselves.
It has been said (over and over again) that by being immersed in nature we can connect with God. This is true, but only to a point and no further and what we would be connecting with would be what God has made, not God himself. Furthermore nature for all its sublime design, beauty and magnitude bears witness to some pretty horrendous and shocking things because of the curse. There is only one way to God and that is through Jesus, everything else falls short. John 14:5-14. John 1:1-18.
God came down, took on human flesh and got amongst us so to speak. He knows what it is like to suffer and he definitely knows what it is like to live... in the fullest of measures and without sin. There is nothing half hearted about God.