April 22–Earth Day–God’s Vast Array!

Today is Earth Day. And I am proud to say that I actually remember and participated in the original Earth Day held on April 22, 1970!

Wearing my tye-died shirt, bell-bottom jeans with oversized pink and blue flowers embroidered on each leg, I could match the passion and zeal of any true flower-child as I helped my sixth grade class clean up our school property and the surrounding neighborhoods.

We were helping to care for our earth. We were raising awareness of its beauty and the tender environmental balance that we all needed to respect in order to keep our earth beautiful and healthy for us and for generations yet to come.

Yep! That was our zealous purpose! And thirty-nine years later we see that we really haven’t kept our focus, our appreciation or our passion to care for our earth.

I think it’s time I take a little more time to do this again. (Minus the tye-died shirt and bell-bottoms.)

 It’s God’s behavior throughout the biblical account of creation that challenges me to do this. God took time to really look at His work. God stopped to assess what He had made–on each of the days of creation. 

And our Creator God took time to admire and acknowledge its goodness, its beauty, its wonder.

When I read about God stopping to really look at the vast array of all He had made, it forces me to stop and question myself.

Do I take the time to really look around me? Do I stop to recognize the awesomeness  and the intricasies of this world–this creation–in which God has given into my care and to all others who share this world with me?

Do I pause to recognize the provisions God has supplied to sustain, support and strengthen my life and all those on this earth? 

Do I take the time to give thought, and thanks to God, for the goodness and the beauty and the wonders that make up even my tiny corner of this earth?

Do I take time to appreciate and care for God’s abundant and remarkable earth that He has given to me and to all people as a trust for us to enjoy and protect?

In all honesty, my answer has to be–not often enough and not well enough to all of those questions.

It’s time for me to get back–even just a little bit–to my attitudes and actions back on the very first Earth Day in 1970. It’s time to take time to feel the awe and take more responsibility as God’s child and a care-taker of the earth He has given.

God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning–the sixth day.

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

Genesis 1:31-2:1

So today, as a way to thank God for the vast array of His amazing creation, I’m going to carry a few extra bags with me–to pick up garbage I see and gather the recyclables.

 God’s vast array of creation is just too beautiful not to care for it just a little bit better. What will you do?

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane 

One thought on “April 22–Earth Day–God’s Vast Array!

  1. Sylane,

    What a wonderful post for this Earth Day. Some years back, I listened to a man with a large following who came to speak at a church Bible study. He was a respected man in his community. But while he spoke, he said something that did not sit well with me. He criticized environmentalists, saying it was stupid and foolish what they were doing, why bother, because God was going to destroy our planet anyway, so what was the point of all the “green” talk. I didn’t understand why I felt so bad about it. Much later I realized, after reading through Genesis 1 & 2 yet again, that God GAVE this planet to us, put it into our hands and it should be our delight to respect it and to care for it. Our bodies won’t be around forever, either, but that doesn’t mean we should beat them into the ground (although sadly, that’s too often the case).

    Thank you for the challenge, Sylane. There’s certainly a lot I can do in my home and work neighborhoods, and I do hope I get the opportunity to tell someone why I’m doing what I’m doing, be it picking up trash from the streets and sidewalks, or recycling…..because God gave this planet to us and I want to do my best for Him in caring for it!

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