Preserving God’s Work

Vermont newtI am in Minnesota now at a NANPA Road Show, and also visiting the state where I grew up. I love learning about the ecology of areas. While I had studied this part of Minnesota when I lived here, I always am interested in knowing more. Ecology is the study of relationships of plants, animals and their environment (this includes people, too). These relationships are exquisitely intricate and balanced — to me, a sign of God’s amazing work.

I found a book about Minnesota ecology that looks really interesting by John Tester, and I plan to get it at some point. However, he says something later that is often said, essentially that we need to preserve all parts of our world because there might be important genetic information there or drugs that might cure some disease or something like that. In other words, the reason to preserve and take care of our world is because there might be some benefit to us.

I find that a bit sad. Sure, that could be useful. But shouldn’t we be taking care of the world simply because we were given this world by our Creator? Do we really have to have another reason? To me, this world is an amazing, beautiful place, and if I truly believe it was created by God in some way and that God probably knows what He is doing, then I must trust in God and believe that everything in our world is worthy of our attention and care.

I see this as a responsibility to our Creator. I want to honor his creation in my photography by showing all sorts of things in nature, not just the big showy animals or landscapes. Yes, those things are important, but so is everything else, such as this little red eft, a salamander that lives in the Northeast states of the U.S. And so is the ecosystem in which it lives. I cannot presume to know better than God what its world is all about.

A little while ago in the blog titled, Species Protection, Chuck quoted a passage from Jonah that reflects well the idea that God is not just concerned about people, but about all of His creation. In addition, it is interesting that Jesus makes a big deal about how well people take care of things in his story in Matthew 25 about the king who entrusted money (“talents”) to his servants. The best servant was the one who ended up with something better than what he started with. The worst was the one who did nothing. I hope we can be God’s servants who take seriously what he has entrusted to us in this world.

— Rob