“The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire. The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.” vss. 7-8
Those who have experienced powerful summer storms know exactly what the psalmist was referencing in his song of praise to the Lord. The jagged flashes of lightning from dark foreboding clouds accompanied by the rolling crashes of thunder fill us with awe and wonder and fearful trembling. It’s an awesome display, one that humbles the mighty and even causes golfers to flee for their lives. Of course we know that thunder and lightning are natural phenomena, (we know they’re not caused by Odin and Thor), but nevertheless they serve as wonderful reminders that we earthlings are a pretty puny bunch. Some even say that the increasing power and destruction caused by natural forces is directly related to our failure to be good stewards of the environment. Such persons believe that the ever intensifying storms are an indictment of our greed and unwillingness to curb our appetite for possessions and wealth. Whatever we believe about such things, there is no doubt that humans are inextricably linked to the complexities of the world around us. We need to pay attention to thunder and lightning and the whole network of interconnected life. We are the caretakers of creation and when we mess up the effects can be devastating. Environmentalism isn’t just for tree-huggers…it’s the responsibility of every child of God.
Thought for the Day: What can we do about climate change?