And on the seventh day, God rested. I wonder what God did when He rested! Here on earth we always think about doing. Most of the time we “do” stuff even when we’re resting. We’re reading or watching TV or out walking. Maybe God just watched His creation for a while. Sometimes we do that after we’ve made something, but we have a really hard time just resting. There is always something going on in our world – traffic flowing, airplanes buzzing, jackhammers pounding, cement trucks rumbling, drills drilling, etc.
Scientists are reporting that because people are required to quarantine throughout most of the world, human activity has come to such a great halt that the earth’s crust is not shaking as much as normal. It is quiet. I never even knew that human activity could cause the earth’s crust to shake, just never even thought about it. So, in spite of the increasing misery among humans, the earth is getting a rest. Imagine that. The earth is resting. She has needed a rest for a long time. God is always so kind. He considered the earth in His early messages to mankind. He provided for a rest for our earth every seven years. Wow, when was the last time that happened? Well, it’s happening to a very large extent now.
What does the earth do while it is resting? It recovers. It recovers from us and all of our non-stop activity. Think of all the things that are recovering. Apparently there is much less pollution throughout our earth. The canals in Venice have cleared up. Because fewer planes are in the air and fewer factories are producing smoke, there is much less air pollution. There is less noise pollution in our cities and because there are fewer boats (think cruise ships!), the oceans are quieter. Think of how happy that must make the dolphins, whales and other fish! Maybe while we are stressing and praying, the earth is rejoicing.
So, as we continue our social distancing from one another and as we continue praying for health and safety for our loved ones and our nations, let’s consider the earth. Pray for her. Let her rest and recover for a time. And when our quarantine is over, let’s be kinder, not only to each other, but to one of God’s greatest gifts to us: our earth that we live on. Stay well.