“Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.” vss. 2-3
Humans have always had a dickens of a time dealing with the environment. We talk about the vagaries of “Mother Nature” and lament the unpredictable “Acts of God” that are a part of life in this world. It’s seems like we’re always cleaning up after one disaster or another and then arguing about whether or not such events are human caused. Since it’s obvious that we do contribute to environmental crises of one kind or another through our often rapacious and careless exploitation of resources, we do have a responsibility to regularly assess our stewardship. But even when we’re being good stewards, the earth does change. It’s not a dead planet and massive energies are always being generated and unleashed. The mountains will shake and the seas will roar…and we’re going to be affected. The psalmist, living on an ancient fault line in the earth’s surface, knew those things well…and urged the people to look to God as a “very present help in trouble.” And so that’s what we do! When earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, and volcanos wreak havoc we become the hands and feet of God as we band together to help victims and provide support for survivors. Our living planet is beautiful and bountiful, but it’s also a dangerous place to live. May our “very present” God keep us from fear and give us wisdom in our stewardship.
Thought for the Day: What can humans do about climate change?