Recycled Kitty Placemats!
Today is Earth Day. Remember the Earth. Preserve the environment. Recycle. Reuse. Replenish. Refurbish. All very good. But why Earth Day? Is it to elevate the supremacy of the Earth? To submit ourselves to the rule of Mother Nature and acknowledge our place as equals to the trees, beasts, and heavenly bodies? Here's my take.
"The earth is the Lord's and all it contains" Psalm 24:1
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. He is superior over all. The earth is subject to Him. He is the ultimate authority.
"Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion..." Genesis 1::26
God gave the earth to man. Man is 2nd in command. The earth belongs to God, but He has given its charge to man.
Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it" Genesis 2:15
Tend in Hebrew means "to work or serve," and thus referring to the ground or a garden, it can be defined as "to till or cultivate." It implies to improve. Keep means "to exercise great care over." It expresses God's wish that man "take care of," "guard," or "watch over" the garden. A caretaker maintains and protects his charge so that he can return it to its owner in as good or better condition than when he received it.
It is God's desire that our attitude toward all He has created be one of love, appreciation, and respect. The earth cannot care for man. But man can and should care for the earth out of love for His creator, out of appreciation for His kindness in giving us such an awesome home, out of respect for his fellow man who shares this common ground. So let us recycle, reuse, replenish, and refurbish to show our gratitude to God for giving us the privilege of stewardship over His gift to us!