But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. – Job 12:7-10, NIV
Today is a beautiful spring day in Austin. Everything is turning green, (well, as green as it can get in Texas) and bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes are popping up everywhere. Every time I go outside, I try to take a deep breath and appreciate the beauty, especially since this is a brief respite before the sweltering 100+ degree summer that is coming soon.
It is easy on days like this to be in awe of God’s creation. The cool breeze, the blue sky, the birds’ songs, the sun shining down on my sun-screened face all make it a perfect day to celebrate Earth Day. Every April Earth Day reminds me that the earth doesn’t belong to us, it is the Lord’s. And since the Lord loves and cares for His creation, it follows that we should love and care for the earth. Especially since He gives us the responsibility to care for it in Genesis 1.
And isn’t this a great responsibility? It isn’t an easy task, but it is one where small steps can make a difference when they all add up. I want to live everyday, not just Earth Day, as a steward of the earth. I’ll stop and be grateful for what the Lord has blessed me with, like water, that people around the world might not have easy access to. I’ll recycle, use less water, walk more, plant a garden, turn the lights out and praise God for how beautiful and creative He is.
How are you celebrating Earth Day this year? Share with us!