Psalm 19:1-6 (The Message)
1-2 God’s glory is on tour in the skies,
God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.
Madame Day holds classes every morning,
Professor Night lectures each evening.
3-4 Their words aren’t heard,
their voices aren’t recorded,
But their silence fills the earth:
unspoken truth is spoken everywhere.
4-5 God makes a huge dome
for the sun—a superdome!
The morning sun’s a new husband
leaping from his honeymoon bed,
The daybreaking sun an athlete
racing to the tape.
6 That’s how God’s Word vaults across the skies
from sunrise to sunset,
Melting ice, scorching deserts,
warming hearts to faith.
Now that Spring has finally sprung and the evenings stretch out lazily into the eight-o’clock hour, I like to spend time sitting in the chair next to our living room picture window. I toss the curtains open wide, grab one of the books I’m reading for class, and settle in. But so often, I can’t keep my focus on the reading I need to do because my eyes are drawn away from the pages and out toward the setting sun and the rolling clouds, the budding trees and greening grass, the moon peeking out of the twilight sky. And as it gets warmer outside the quicker I am to set down my reading and wander out into the wonder of my own backyard, just to be present in the fullness of the riches of God’s good creation there. The beginning of Psalm 19 helps me see that the joy I sense as I’m pulled out of myself and into creation is part of what God intends for humans: deep connection to the earth and to our surroundings. In these days of fast-paced living, it’s all-too easy for us to think that creation is something to be used, to be consumed, to burn up for our progress. This viewpoint, though, is challenged from the very start of God’s big story in Genesis 1 as God calls each piece of creation good. And, even more, we are part of that good creation, given responsibility to steward and care for all created things. So, as Spring and Summer break out all over the place in these weeks may we as individuals and as the faith community called Olivet Lutheran Church seek to care for, appreciate, and work to preserve and protect the good gifts that God has given to us in nature
Intern Pastor Grant Vanderford