“The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing.” vss. 1-2a
As Isaiah looked for the restoration of Israel, he knew that heaven and nature would sing for joy, and that blossoming flowers would abound. What he says is the absolute truth! Humanity is inextricably linked to the land, and what happens to one is felt in the other. Sometimes, because of sin, we become so focused on economic development and resource extraction that we lose sight of that connection. Historically, humans have ravaged the earth in our desire for gain and the sad effects have persisted for generations. Whole species have become extinct and their absence is only fleetingly noted–too often our God-given stewardship responsibilities have been ignored. But when we repent and turn from our selfish ways, and carefully tend to the interconnections of this beautiful creation, all things are blessed. The light of Christ shines brightly, cedars rejoice, butterflies thrive, milkweeds flourish, and hummingbirds sing for joy. There are still some who scoff at environmentalists, calling them tree-huggers and worse–but the tide is changing. Even as we teeter on the precipice of environmental disaster a new generation is restating Isaiah’s vision. More and more people are beginning to do the little things that make a big difference. Starfish by starfish, our world is being redeemed!
Thought for the Day: What can I do to help save the earth?