Scripture: Joel 2:18-31
Key verses: (21-22)
Do not fear, O soil;
be glad and rejoice,
for the Lord has done great things!
Do not fear, you animals of the field,
for the pastures of the wilderness are green;
the tree bears its fruit,
the fig tree and vine give their full yield.
Reflection:In this season when creation is literally springing forth around us, it’s hard to ignore God’s presence in that process. As flowers bloom, birds chirp, and streams flow full of water, it feels as if God is reaching out and saying, “look, here I am – I’m here for you!” I wonder how creation fits in to your faith.
There was a long time when faith felt like a two-way relationship between God and me, but in seminary my eyes were open to the ways that God breaks through to redeem more than just humanity. God redeems all of creation. I’m not sure I can totally fathom the scope of God’s reach but I do know that it is amazing.
In the book of Joel, we receive visions full of joy for the harmony of creation. Joel reminds us of the deep, God-filled connection of humans to the land and the animals, the whole earth. All things happen in relation to one another. Every event is connected to everything. It’s a beautiful vision of the way God created this earth. Not to be a place where humans ruled all and never gave creation a second glance, but to be interconnected, where we follow God’s example of care and stewardship of creation.
As you go about your day today, consider the creation that surrounds you – the birds that sing as you wake up in the morning, the trees that shade your car as you drive to work, the food that you eat that came from the dirt. Offer gratitude to God for such a magnificent planet and the sustenance it provides us. May our awakening to creation, fill us with the love of God that surpasses all understanding.
Prayer: Creator God, you sent your son to redeem all of creation. Fill us with your love for the whole earth. Let us find renewal in you through your presence in all that surround us. Amen.
Author: Savannah Demuynck
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].