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Natural Resources

Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime; it is the Lord who sends the thunderstorms. He gives showers of rain to all people, and plants of the field to everyone. Zechariah 10:1

It rained at my house the other day.  You might read that and shrug, “big deal!”  But where I live it is a big deal.  I prayed that it would keep raining and raining for a week. Unfortunately, after a day the beautiful rain stopped.   While it fell, I sat mesmerized by the beauty of it.  Knowing it was filling reservoirs and streams, washing our streets, and filling birdbaths.  God is so good!

It made me think about all the natural resources we have been gifted from God.  With the most “controversial” being crude oil or petroleum.  I think so many people forget that crude oil, which could arguably be one of the greatest natural resource gifts, streams out naturally in places under the sea and from the ground.  More than 4,000 years ago asphalt (made from crude oil) was supposedly used in the construction of the walls of Babylon!   Persians found crude oil along the Euphrates and used it medicinally and for lighting.  It’s crude oil that has made so much of our modern world possible.  And when you think about it, other than uses for human needs, it serves no other purpose!

The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours; the world and all that is in it, you have founded them. Psalm 89:11

God has gifted man with billions of trees, coal, natural gas, water, fertile soil, all manner of minerals and more. What an amazing God we have that He would create resources for us to “discover” along the way to improve our lives!  As appointed stewards of this world, given to Adam in the garden, let’s give thanks for this bountiful land and remember who it all belongs to.

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His Grand Orchestra

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.

Isaiah 55:12

The other morning my husband and I were out for an early morning walk.  The clouds were building to the east and I commented that I hoped it would rain.  You see, living in Southern California we don’t see a lot of rain.  And I love the rain.  I love the sound of it hitting the pavement, especially when it wakes me in the middle of the night.  We get up just to watch it rain.  I even love the sound of the water hitting under my car as I drive down the road.  There are so few times when the rain becomes a long, monotonous affair where I live that I never get tired of it.  At my daughter’s house in Missouri, I could sit for hours watching and listening to the thunderous rain come down!  

The sound of rain is just one instrument in God’s beautiful orchestra.  The music of His creation is so glorious!  And that’s what I praise today.  

I’ve been praying the last few days for God’s direction for these last few days of praise.  And on my way to have lunch with my parents – which typically is a difficult visit – my playlist of Christian music came on.  A fun and almost silly song began playing which put me in just the right frame of mind for my impending encounter with my parents.  And I praised God for His music.  And then I praised God for putting this entire line of thought in my head!

When I think of all the beautiful instruments in God’s orchestra what also comes to mind are the voices of some of my closest friends.  Their laughter and warmth.  Their sarcasm and wit.  I told one of them, in preparation for her day at a school office, that no matter what is thrown her way I know the office will be blessed with hearing her joyous giggle.

During the stresses of the last year and a half I started doing a sort of mediation technique to help me rest in God’s peace.  When I’m at our local park with my dog I sit down on the grass and do a centering countdown.   It goes like this:

  1. What 10 different things do I see?
  2. What 9 different things do I hear?
  3. What 8 different trees can I find?
  4. What 7 different smells can I smell?
  5. And so on..

It’s amazing just sitting and listening to the music of God’s creation.  The breeze rustling in the trees.   Birds chirping. Children laughing.  Moms talking on their phones.  Cars driving by.  Airplanes overhead.  Bees buzzing.  My dog panting.   So many sounds, some of which are exactly the same as at the time of creation others unique to this very time and place.

And of course, there’s what we traditionally call “music.”  I marvel that since the beginning of time we humans have been creating new types of music and songs.  When you look at a music book there seems to be a limit to what can be created.   There’s only a certain number of notes to use, right?  And yet day after day,  year after year someone creates a new song or even a new sound!  How else can this happen than by some glorious design by a being who loves music and who loves the sounds of the earth?

Praise God for music that speaks to us when we need it most.  Praise God for the sound of crashing waves.  Praise God for thunder and chickens squawking and the crunching of gravel under my feet.  Praise God for his magnificent orchestra of life!