“If we are children of God, we have a tremendous treasure in nature and will realize that it is holy and sacred. We will see God reaching out to us in every wind that blows, every sunrise and sunset, every cloud in the sky, every flower that blooms, and every leaf that fades.”
I read the powerful quote of Oswald Chambers as it appeared in my journal, that book in which I record the exciting (and few that aren’t that exciting) daily thoughts and events in my life, It immediately made my thoughts turn to Blue Heron Ministries and the many friends with whom I share the wonder of God’s glorious creation. So, as in the past, I emailed Nate the quote and, as best I recall, a similar comment as stated here. So don’t email your thoughts to Nate if you don’t want to be asked to expound them in a Rustling Grass article!
As a youngster I felt drawn to nature and early wrote a song expressing my love for… the rock terrain, the fields and plains, the sunshine bright, and every moonlit night… But it was a love of nature, a pleasure to be seen and enjoyed. It was probably twenty-five years later at my little farm house in Ohio as a I rounded the corner one evening to fill the bird feeders that I heard the hungry call of a White-breasted nuthatch and said aloud, “I know your Creator.” That was the first time that I recale a feeling of interrelationality, to borrow a term I heard some years later at a workshop at Merry Lea Environmental Center, and came to realize that I am not just watching the creation, I am in the creation. I am a creature related to, dependent upon, and sustained by the same loving, living God. He is in me, in all that He created, and is the One who ties it all together.
So what is it that makes Blue Heron Ministries come to mind upon reading a statement as this by Chambers? I feel that it is safe to say that as we perform volunteer service and enjoy our fellowhsip together there isn’t one of us who are not mindful of the creator’s gifts to us. We gather seed in the autumn, put it to plug pots in late winter, and in the spring we yield the now-growing plants to the earth where they will be sustained as their seed returned to the earth to continue the process. The same God of the miracle of the tiny seeds courses through our awareness and unifies us as we share His gift. There are many wonderful reasons to care for our environment- establishing a healthy balance in the world in which we live, preserving what we have for generations who follow, etc. All good. But, as Blue Heron Ministries volunteers, our reasons seem to extend beyond; our efforts are because we are part of this creation. We, as children of God, are blessed to see Him and to realize that that which we care for is sacred and holy, of God, by God, and for God. We are united through the creator to Himself, to one another, and to all of creation.
Romans 1:19,20 (as written in The Message) “By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of His divine being.”
This article, along with several others, appeared in the April edition of Rustling Grass, Blue Heron’s own monthly e-newsletter. To read the whole edition, visit our Rustling Grass archive page. To receive them directly to your e-mail, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for reading!