Recently, brother Ed Healy put this picture on facebook. The colors and contrast are simply beautiful!!! I was reminded immediately of Israel's gift to Joseph of a coat of many colors. Having just come in from taking Buddy from one of his many walks, I was still thinking about the beauty of Spring; so much so, that I wondered... How does God feel about this world he has made??? The Scriptures relating to both of these thoughts are found below...
Genesis, Chapter 37
3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age,
and he made him a coat of many colors.
Genesis, Chapter 1
4 God saw the light, and saw that it was good. God divided the light from the darkness.
10 God called the dry land “earth”, and the gathering together of the waters he called “seas”. God saw that it was good.
12 The earth yielded grass, herbs yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit, with their seeds in it, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.
18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. God saw that it was good.
21 God created the large sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed, after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind. God saw that it was good.
25 God made the animals of the earth after their kind, and the livestock after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind. God saw that it was good.
31 God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. There was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.
"It was good" is a phrase that is repeated over and again in chapter 1. When everything is taken together, it is categorized as "very good". If God looks at this world this way- so should we. That means taking care of what has been given to us by keeping it "very good"!!! I really don't consider my self an ecologist or an environmentalist, but it seems both reasonable and polite to take care of what God has given us. Besides, I like the colors- they are very good !!!