The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.
The world and all its people belong to him.
For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas
and built it on the ocean depths. Psalm 24 : 1-2 (NLT)
Every year since 1970 April 22nd has been marked as a day to focus on environmental issues. Why? because the vital vibrant resource was not ‘internalized’. The Psalmist however acknowledges the value of the world we live in through Psalm 24. Echoing the heart of the Psalmist I urge you to ‘internalize the value of the environment ‘ (art for change.org) Of course the Bible is replete with scriptures acknowledging the Creator God. (ex 20:11, Gen 1:1-2 are some of the earliest). However the most compelling is verse 26 of Genesis chapter 1 where God is seen giving “all authority” to man (and woman). But what does it mean to have ‘authority’? Authority is by no means exercising power over someone or something without caring or ’em-powering’ those we are in-charge of.
Hence we can ‘internalise ‘ the value of our environment because we know it is our responsibility.
Earth Day celebrates and highlights just that.
Here are some doodles that reflect some of these thoughts. This post also gives you some practical ways you can to play your part in caring for this world right from your home and into areas of your influence. Give it some thought. Select the ones you are led to start with. And in the comments section add some ideas you implement that would help each of be responsible for the world we live in.
The Earth is the Lord’s : This doodle was birthed as I pondered over the billions of galaxies there are.
Colossians 1:16 says :
For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all.
This is a doodle from last year so you can read more about what inspired this doodle at https://artresponse.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/happy-earth-day/
2. Created to bloom: We are all created by our Almighty Creator Father. We are stewards of this magnificent creation .
Take a look at this piece. This doodle was an eye opener . As I pondered over the creation story (Genesis 1) I began to doodle in the pieces/days of creation. It was late at night and after prayer and thanksgiving on completing the image to my delight I saw a flower, a bloom – The true intent of our Creator God. We are created to bloom.
But just like any flower we need the other parts to bloom. We are inter-dependent.
Many cultures celebrate this inter-dependence of creatures around us. The Native Americans are one. In an article, Praying for Good Hunting in the Fall : How Indigenous Cree Spirituality Teaches Us Repentance That Leads to Life, Ray Aldred writes
Thanksgiving fulfills the circle of relationships that characterize our journey here on the circle of the earth. ..
Sin in a First Nations context refers to a “falling out of balance” into self-consciousness, which causes shame. Instead of seeing ourselves as part of the web of relationships, we only see ourselves. Repentance from sin then is to shift toward life, to reembrace relationships and attempt to walk in responsibility…
This includes the relationships with God the Creator, the relationships with other human beings, the relationships with the rest of creation, and the relationship with ourselves.
South Indian cultures celebrate a series of festivals called Pongal. The inter-dependence of different creatures is celebrated. While some of these cultures might even worship the other parts/creatures we co-exist with I, from a Judean-Christian perspective am led to go right to the source and worship my Almighty Creator for the amazing network of creatures to help us bloom.
Our lives are inter-connected(be it with the creatures, plants/trees,air or people around us). We have the responsibility to help one another bloom.
This is an art response to my pondering on the environment. What do I see reflected in the water? All of GOd’s creation – the water, the fish, the birds, the sky, the stars and planets. And every single thing we can do counts in preserving the environment.
Take a moment to ponder over the issues raised. How might we take responsibility for this relationship we have with all created things/beings. Below are listed a few things we do in our home. See if there are ways you can join in. If there are ways you fulfill your responsibility that are not listed here please would you leave it in the comments box as an option for others to consider. Thank you!
Your pledges count. We will churn out a tally of our pledges to see how we can effectively make a difference in this world.
Leave a comment below on other ways you help care for the environment.
Stay tuned for more links on information of efforts around the world to help keep the environment unpolluted.