July 30, 2006

Tree Day

Ok ok ok ok ... I've been REALLY excited about this all week, and have been waiting to write about it until after we did it. "It", in this case, is National Tree Day, the Australian version of Arbor Day, where everybody takes a day to remember the environment.

Because Liz and I finally have a TV, we occasionally watch the news. During the commercials, an organization called
Planet ARK was trying to promote a partnership they'd formed with Toyota to plant over 1 million trees on tree day. And I thought, perfect - we should do this.

And so we did.

Mimos, at the last minute, changed our plans for a service and instead spent two hours planting over 300 saplings, grass plantings, and other small plants in an area down in Thornbury. Then we went and had lunch.

Planting was fantastic - the weather was beautiful (60 degrees and not a cloud to be seen), the foliage plentiful (as I said, 300 plantings), and the mulch slightly damp (when is it not?).

I'm not sure why I was so excited about this. It's possible that it has something to do with the fact that it was partially my idea to get everybody over to Thornbury to do this. But I think it has more to do with the fact that I've gotten a sense that Christians have lost touch with their mandate to be caretakers of this world. I think we all get that it's ok to use the resources. What we don't get is that those resources were entrusted to us as a gift, and we are supposed to use them responsibly.

We are symbiotes with this world, and what we do to it is done to us in return. While I'm excited that I got to give an idea that worked, I'm more excited about the gusto with which our small church planted all those seedlings. They got REALLY into it! All the kids were filthy by the time it was all over, but - and I love this - they were closely tailed by the adults. Dirt was everywhere; and so were smiles.

Mimos, I'm proud of you guys. Today was a good day.

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away ... And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away." And the one who was seated on the throne said, "See, I am making all things new."
[Revelation 21:1-5]


cruz-control said...

nice. very nice. i think we often forget that we are caretakers of God's earth.

My NT Interp: Revelation professor made the comment one day that all of God's creation is connected. That was the Hebrew understanding and the Early Christian one as well. God made all things living to be connected. When one is damaged (or damages another), all are damaged and the relationship of all things living is damaged.

This was the situation at Eden. The Hebrew idea of death was centered around this idea that all things are connected: man's relationsips to man, to earth, to self, and to God. When one was damaged, all were - and that is the idea of death. Adam and Eve, therefore did die after eating from the tree. It's a Biblical doctine that I think Christians should espouse: God created all things to be connected and work together. When we damage the earth, we are damaging every angle of that interconnection of all things living in God's earth.

shawna said...

This has nothing to do with this post, but I noticed a book you've got on here -- Girl Meets God, looks very interesting -- I imagine since its on your blog you are recommending it?