Oh come, let us sing unto the Lord …
Today is Earth Day. Words will be spoken about man’s responsibility to take care of it. There will be those who expound upon how we’re accountable for climate change, pollution and overpopulation. Those words are nothing in comparison to the One who created this planet and every other orb in the universe. He placed each one in perfect alignment, with the utmost care and perfection.
It is true that man is responsible for the decay and degeneration of our planet. It started shortly after creation, when man desired to be equal with God and disobeyed Him. It continues today for the same reason.
God created perfection. Not one rock was out of place. The earth was precisely watered by His own hand through a canopy which covered it. Each molecule, each cell, each atom contained a design that could only be mastered by the divine. Geometric shapes and mathematical equations are in all of it – not because of some man made engineering feat, but because God made it.
Even when the earth was covered with the great flood, God’s finger carved beauty within the landscape – cutting through mountains, creating caverns, canyons and valleys – preserving remnants of hidden civilizations within it’s belly. Even when man pushed his way through the countryside, destroying prairies and forests, building factories, railroads and highways – God left beautiful vistas and landscapes in its wake.
It is our duty, as children of God, to preserve this planet as best as is humanly possible, but, as children of God, we also know that God is still in control even when we make a mess of things. Our prayers are still heard. For He is our God and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand.
Dear, Father, God, thank you for continuing to care for the earth, in spite of our mistakes and foolishness. Help us remember that you can calm the seas and smother fires with one breath – that you are in control of rebirth and renewal. Help us to trust in your almighty providence and keep our planet in your hands. Amen!