Job 38: 18 (the Message)
And do you have any idea how large this earth is?
Speak up if you have even the beginning of an answer.
A Word of Hope
Actually Job, I do know how large the earth is. Its mass is 6.6 sextillion tons. Its volume is about 260 billion cubic miles. And its total surface area is about 197 million square miles.
And yet, despite all our knowledge about Mother Nature my view of nature has undergone dramatic change over the past 9 or so weeks. I now feel more like Job in today’s assigned reading (Job 38: 12-21) when he asks “Have you ever gotten to the true bottom of things?” I may know facts but that is not the same as fully understanding Mother Nature.
Nature is neither passive nor benign. Our ecosystem is incredibly complex and balanced. The instinct for self-preservation is strong. I have a new respect for the power of nature. We all have experienced the grandeur of nature like the Grand Canyon or the Antarctic or just looking at the night sky. I now have a new respect for the microscopic invisible inhabitants of earth.
Nature does not discriminate as some would have us believe. Nature is not used to punish behavior. But the ways we treat nature have consequences. And nature has the upper hand. That is why I do not understand those who think that nature will simply allow us to dramatically change our climate or ignore the balance of nature established over millennium.
Job has a very simple way of putting it in verse 21 when he says we have “grown up in the same neighborhood” as all of nature.
Dear God of my being and of all life may I start showing the neighborhood more respect.