I think about the heavens.
I think about what your fingers have created.
I think about the moon and stars that you have set in place.
What are human beings that you think about them?
What is a son of man that you take care of him?
You have made them a little lower than the angels.
You placed on them a crown of glory and honor.
You made human beings rule over everything your hands created.
You put everything under their control.
– Psalm 8:1-6 (NIV)
When was the last time you went outside and looked up into the night sky to look at the stars? In neighborhoods around North Texas we can see a few stars, but have you looked into the sky from the beach, or from the mountains of Colorado, or from the Hill country of South Texas? When we were on the beach during Spring break, we went out at night. As I look out over the water, towards the horizon, it seems that the stars and the waters went on forever. It was beautiful and made me feel so small.
Have you felt this way before? Have you looked into the sky without all the light pollution? Everything looks so much bigger than we can imagine.
The psalmist assures us: even though we might seem small, God loves us and has given us very important work to do. God shows us the beautiful creation, full of birds in the sky, fish in the water, and other animals as well. God entrusts each of us to love and care for all of God’s creation. God trusts us to take care of the earth and every living creature on the earth.
This Thursday is Earth Day (April 22).
I challenge you as stewards of this beautiful creation, those entrusted to take care, to wrestle with this question:
“How does it make you feel to know God places us in charge of caring for the earth and all living creatures?”
For me, at times I am overwhelmed by all that needs to be done to care for the earth and because I am just one person. The task of being faithful stewards of God’s creation is too large for one person, one congregation, or even one annual conference to make a difference. Until we see the call to environmental stewardship as part of God’s call in our own lives—individually and collectively—lasting change is out of reach.
So I leave you to consider this question: “How might God be calling you to care for creation in our community?” I challenge you to find one way you might join in with the Earth Day Initiatives this week.