Day 21

But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; and the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; and the fish of the sea will explain to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this; in Whose hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind?

Job 12:7-10

People are going outside more during this surreal corona crisis. It’s one of the few activities available to us. In areas that have kept state parks open, young and old alike are hiking, picnicking, and exploring. And many are discovering - or rediscovering - that nature restores the soul. The rhythmic, certain change of the seasons reassures us. The unhurried pace of the changing leaves reminds us that tasks can be accomplished without rushing. The survival of birds and woodland creatures through harsh winter comforts us. Most of all, nature teaches us there is still God - in spite of everything - there is still God. Paul points to creation as proof of a God: For since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead…(Romans 1:20). Jesus taught us to not fret over earthly needs. He said to Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these [Luke 12:27]. In his poem The Peace of Wild Things, Wendell Berry, farmer and poet, wrote, “When despair grows in me/And I wake in the middle of the night at the least sound/in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be/I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great herron feeds/I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with the forethought/ of grief. I come into the presence of still water…” Wild things do not “tax their lives with the forethought of grief” like we do. They instinctively trust their Creator. Oh that they will teach us to do the same!

Psalm 148

1 Praise the Lord.[a]

Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights above. 2 Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his heavenly hosts. 3 Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars. 4 Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies.

5 Let them praise the name of the Lord, for at his command they were created, 6 and he established them for ever and ever— he issued a decree that will never pass away.

7 Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, 8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, 9 you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, 10 wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, 11 kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, 12 young men and women, old men and children.

13 Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens. 14 And he has raised up for his people a horn,[b] the praise of all his faithful servants, of Israel, the people close to his heart.

Praise the Lord.

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