When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?
You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Psalm 8:3-9 NIV
This is why Christians desire to be environmentally aware. Not because it’s in vogue or hip these days. Not because we’re in control of this planet and need to prove it. Not because we’re reluctantly forced to acknowledge issues like a puppy whose nose has been shoved in its feces to teach it a lesson.
Because the Creator of the universe gives life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship him. (Nehemiah 9:6).
Because to treat the natural world with awe is an act of worship to the One who made it.
How can you remember? How can you get in tune? How can you thank your Creator God?
Get far from city lights, manicured parks, and the drone of traffic. Find a piece of nature untouched by human hands. Hear a mighty waterfall and feel the cool mist created as a byproduct. Lie on your back and stare up at the night sky, watching for meteors or northern lights. Taste the bursting sweetness of wild berries (make sure you know what you’re picking, though.) Smell the sun-warmed forest of pines, or aspens, or whatever forest grows nearby.
Soak your mind in the knowledge that God created all this beauty to soothe the human spirit. To feed our bodies and care for our needs. To remind us of who he is and what he’s done for us.
Bring that spirit of peace and rest home with you, and see if you don’t view your daily life a little differently. With a deeper appreciation of all that God has done for us.