Today is Earth Day. It was founded in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson to increase public awareness for all living things, and because of concerns over the environment and pollution. So many good things have resulted including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. The goal this year and for the next five years is to plant 7.8 billion trees worldwide to commemorate its 50th year anniversary!
Protecting our environment is such a good thing although we differ as to how that is played out. For the believer, we have a mandate from the Creator of this world to take care of it and have dominion (Gen. 1:26). But we are only stewards. The earth is the Lord’s.
Our earth is so amazing and full of wonder that it is difficult for me to understand how one can deny God’s existence. Creation is a visual aid that leads me to faith. He proves Himself over and over in what He has made. All the time and chance in the world could not produce the minute details in nature! The earth is His handiwork. But as beautiful as the earth is, He is even more beautiful! As awe-inspiring as nature is, He inspires even more awe! I love our earth because it moves me to worship the Creator! But I do not belong to the earth. This is temporary. Here, I am an alien and stranger (Heb. 11:13 & 16). I am to long for the “better country” that is coming; the heavenly one.
Thank you Lord, for creating such a beautiful world and for the perfect one in my future!