May. 7, 2016


If I were born a decade earlier, I would be dangerous. I suspect I would be a tree hugger and an avid protestor. Perhaps I would have driven a yellow Volkswagen beetle and kept flowers in my hair. It’s quite possible my hair would not be cut above my shoulders but would instead hang loosely down to my waist.

I love nature. While I understand man’s need to invent and sustain our inventions, I truly hope we will one day find a way to balance our economic needs with our ecological responsibility.

It’s been a long time since I’ve heard birds singing so loudly outside my back door that I discovered myself pausing to listen. I saw a Blue Jay today. He was brilliantly blue and curious of my insistence to get closer to his tree and watch him perform. Our eyes met and he cocked his head ever so slightly while he gazed at me. Was I watching him or was he watching me?

He didn’t fly away. Perhaps he knows my soul is a decade older than my chronological birthday. Perhaps he knows I wish him well.

Genesis 1:26-28, “Then God said, 'Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.' So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, 'Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.'”

I wonder if He is proud of how we live out this command?