I’m going to go back to what I love during this Lenten Season…taking photos and highlighting the beauty in the everyday, the sacredness of all that is around us, and in doing so, finding God in his creation.
I’ll be using Diana Butler Bass’ Grounded: Forty Day Devotional as a guide. I hope you’ll join me on this 40 day journey back to Immanuel, God with us.
Day 3: “Land may be viewed through the eyes of spiritual awareness, as a part of a divine ecosystem. . . .When we care for the earth, we are practicing obedience and holiness; disregarding the ground is sinful and evil.” (Grounded, p. 43)
This is a difficult one for me. I honestly haven’t thought about the earth and creation in this sense before.
In Genesis 2:15 it tells us, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” In verses 19-20, God has decided that man shouldn’t be alone. “Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.”
Everything God made, he formed from the earth. Every creature that gives us pleasure and those that sustain us. He gave the responsibility to work and care for the land to us. Once Adam was banished from the garden, he was to “work the ground from which he had been taken.” (v23)
From day 2 we see that “God is not above or beyond, but integral to the whole of creation, entwined with the sacred ecology of the universe.” If we see God in this light, not above or beyond, but inexplicably woven into the tapestry around us, all ground becomes holy ground, and caring for the earth is a spiritual practice. It becomes a form of worship and communion with God.
How do you see the concept of God being not above or beyond and how does that relate to your view of Creation?
“God, the Ground of all that is,
forgive me for my careless disregard for the land.
Today, let me see the earth with new spiritual awareness,
as you see your beautiful creation.
And may that new seeing lead to new action
on my part to treat the earth as holy ground.” Diana Butler Bass