In his historical novel Chesapeake, James Michener tells the story of multiple generations living near a marsh. One character, Chris Pflaum, is introduced as a restless 13-year-old sitting in class waiting for summer break. But when the teacher reads a poem by Sidney Lanier, the boy's heart is stirred.
As the marsh-hen secretly builds on the watery sod,
Behold I will build me a nest on the greatness of God:
I will fly in the greatness of God as the marsh-hen flies
In the freedom that fills all the space 'twixt the marsh and the skies.
When Chris grew up, this poem motivated him to work tirelessly to preserve the precious wetlands and the wildlife he loved.
The poem's words stir the heart because they use nature as a springboard of praise to the Creator. But, unfortunately, our living planet can be neglected and exploited. God's mandate to Adam has been passed on to all believers. "The Lord God . . . put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it" (Gen. 2:15). The words tend and keep mean "to cultivate as servants."
We are to care for and guard God's creation as responsible stewards. — Dennis Fisher
The natural world that God has made
Must not be used at whim;
We serve as stewards of His earth,
Responsible to Him.
—D. De Haan
To mistreat God's creation is to offend the Creator.
When we look around us, we can see the wounds on mother nature. Wherever we are, we come across so much human greed that's destroying the place we all live in - Earth.
The pain inflicted on the world has resulted in smog, fire, flood, landslide, disease, hurricane, tornado, typhoon, etc.
Climate has changed drastically.
Hot & dry has become soaking wet and the reverse as well.
Forests are dwindling.
Animals are becoming extinct - many species become extinct even before they are discovered!
Fresh water getting polluted, drying up.
Food banks having shortage.
Rubbish piling up.
Disease getting more deadly.
Natural medicines disappearing.
And the list goes on....
So let's look at ourselves in the mirror. It all starts with YOU! Yes, all of us must do our part. Please please do something.
Even as simple as recycle or don't waste water can make a difference.
Don't wait....start now.
A beautiful world needs caretakers like us.