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.
SAVE OUR EARTH!
On the Ides of March this year, young people around the world held climate strikes to protest what is happening to our environment on our beautiful planet. It’s wonderful that today’s young people want to step up and do something to improve our beloved earth. Certainly, our weary earth could use a little support together with some positive changes. Along with the protests, I heard a few short clips of young people talking about why they were protesting. Some of them said that climate change is the biggest current threat to human life. One young lady was lamenting the condition of the world and her future. She laid the blame on older generations and she said something to the tune of “We just want a world like you had.”
Her words struck me as (at best) uninformed. Really? You want the world that we had? We had the Cuyahoga River filled with so much debris and pollution that it caught on fire. We had so much air pollution that the skies over Detroit and many other major cities were red. What we did not have was recycling programs or trash to energy plants. We had Three Mile Island and superfund sites. In our youth, we had rampant discrimination against blacks and lynchings. We had Emmett Till, the Mississippi Burning civil rights murders, and the Birmingham Baptist Church murders. Then we had the civil rights demonstrations where people were tear gassed and water cannoned. We had the assassinations of Medgar Evers, John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Malcom X.
We should never desire to go back in time or wish that we could have something other than our current situation. Our generation made it possible for the new generation to worry about single use plastic bags, bottles, cups and boxes. Our generation created recycling programs and trash to energy plants and closed down many nuclear power plants. We demonstrated for civil rights and against the Vietnam War. Although some of us embraced chemical fertilizers and GMO crops, others of us began organic gardening, seed saving and the Environmental Protection agency. So, quit blaming the preceding generations. Now it’s time for you to step up to the plate.
Your generation has awesome ideas. Put all of your boundless energy to a positive use. Many of your generation are creating ways to clean up the oceans, end the use of plastic bags in grocery stores. Do some research. Find out what the problems really are and create solutions that will not only work, but also add something positive to our earth. Remember that you too will leave a legacy. Leave one that you will feel proud of one day, and when your children reach their age of maturity, don’t let them tell you that they wish that they could have what you had. Remind them that you had issues too and that you dealt with those issues and that they should not look back, but look forward and use their energy to solve the problems of their day.
Check out Regeneration International, a group that is not just going organic but is trying to leave the earth BETTER than it was before. (https://regenerationinternational.org/) We don’t have to continue to hack down our forests and destroy the earth with mountains of chemical fertilizers. We can improve. We can go one step further than previous generations. You can. You can do it, but don’t waste your precious energy blaming generations before you. They did their best. They didn’t know what you now know about plastics. Create something better. It’s all inside you. Let it grow.
Our civilization as we know it is no longer sustainable. You don’t need to look far to discover this sad fact. Our system of education is imploding. Our government can no longer govern properly. Our system of agriculture is killing us and is causing massive pollution and erosion of precious topsoil. If you examine every section of our modern society, it is corrupt and rotten. Isaiah put it best in chapter one when he said, “From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises and putrifying sores…”
We have to ask ourselves why and even so the answer is staring us blankly and yet accusingly in the face. We are at fault. God created this earth a beautiful paradise, but in a few short years (compared to the length of our planet’s existence) we have destroyed it and are coming close to destroying mankind from it. Again, we can look to Isaiah for the reason: “Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.” It’s true that we, the human race, have devolved. Most recently we have produced monsters that prey on innocents, that kill hundreds of people and call it God. How can these things be? It is disheartening and disturbing.
However, rather than go on about the deficiencies of our modern life, we need to look for solutions and find a way out of what has become a society ready to plunge into great darkness. Perhaps we can’t save the whole, but we can save ourselves. We can individually turn back to God. We can live by His laws. He did not give us thousands of laws. He gave us ten and then gave us one that encompasses all: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I would not like people to gossip about me or hurt me in any way. Let the change begin with me. Each individual can only do it for himself and pray that it catches on and others will see that such a life is bountifully blessed.
I can begin to respect God’s creation and live in harmony with it. Yes, it is mine to use but to use wisely. God said, “Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth.” He did not say to steal its riches and deplete its resources until there is nothing left for future generations. God put the man in the garden to dress it and KEEP it. We have not been good stewards of this gift of the earth. The only solution is to acknowledge our fault. We cannot put the blame on anyone else. We have done this thing. Then we have to turn to God for the solutions. He has an answer. He is really willing for us to make it. And, if God be for us, who can be against us? No one. No thing. We can do it. There is a little time for us to change. Let’s change now!