3.23.2007

look at the stars...

"The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork."
-Psalm 19:1(b)

"Look up, I look up at night,
Planets are moving at the speed of light."
-Coldplay, "Speed of Sound"

I'm not sure where some people got this idea, but God never said it was okay to destroy the planet He made. And, no, "subdue" and "have dominion over" (found in Genesis 1:28) do not mean "destroy."

All of creation was designed to show God's glory and creativity. Destruction of that creation decreases our ability to see His glory clearly.

Where I live, in a heavily lit suburb, I look up on a clear night, see the stars, moon and planets and think, "Wow, that's incredible. Beautiful."

But when I drive a few hours out of town and set my eyes on the sky, I suddenly realize how few stars I can actually see back home. Even something so useful as electric light has diminished my ability to fully see God's glory in creation on a regular basis.

This alone makes me think twice about the things we do to "make life easier." But think about the destruction of fields and forests, oceans and streams, all in the name of progress. I'm not so sure we're progressing in the direction we'd hoped. And if this "progress" continues to drag us further from seeing the glory of our Creator, how is that a good thing?

Convenience is coming at a heavy cost. I pray we are not so blinded by our own desires that we eventually cease to see the beauty of creation, the splendor of God's glory, which surrounds us every day.

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