The Wandering Desert Monk

The Wandering Desert Monk

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Nature's lesson....


God is not happy, well, at least according to the ancient prophet, Isaiah. God is no respecter of nations: all of them come under his judgment. Over and over again, much to the modern reader’s chagrin, God is pouring out his judgment on all the earth. While God is unhappy with humankind, God seems to have a special place for the animal kingdom. Cities are burning up, kings turning into slaves, crops dying on the vine, and rivers are flowing with blood, yet, nature carries on its life cycle:

“The owl will nest there and lay eggs, she will hatch them, and care for her young under the shadow of her wings;
there also the falcons will gather, each with its mate.” (Isaiah 34:15)

It is continually amazing how disasters cannot disrupt the lifecycle of nature. There is a lesson here for us. Just as the owl and falcon continue their cycle of new life through the birth of their young; so we, must continue to carry on our lives in the middle of tragedy and disruption. Someone asked Martin Luther what he would do if he knew the world was ending tomorrow. He said, “I would plant a tree.” – Ron Friesen

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