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.