The Earth and You

A devotion on Hebrews 11:3

By faith, we understand that the universe has been framed by the word of God, so that what is seen has not been made out of things which are visible.
–Hebrews 11:3

Today is Earth Day.

When I travel the world, I often wonder at and appreciate the beauty and abundance God put on earth. How can we, as co-owners of the Earth, practice taking care of it?

  1. Take some time in nature and actually be present in it. Connect yourself fully with the world God made for you.

  2. Do something you can do for the Earth. Be kind to all creatures, whether large or small, and all the living plants that share our home.

  3. Find special joy from nature. Focus on the rose, not on its thorns. When I stood at the beautiful fjords in New Zealand and Bergen, Norway, I could not help but be moved with overflowing joy.

  4. Praise the Lord who made such a beautiful Earth. Remember: the God who cares for the earth takes care of you as if you are the only one in the world.

Prayer

Dear Lord, Thank You for making such a wonderful world. The beauties of our planet are Your words come to life. Help me to remember that You really take care of me as You do the whole universe. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

Reflection

When was the last time I was in nature enjoying the forest, a waterfall, or the seashore? How did it make me feel? How is nature evidence of God’s loving care?