Although a time of wonderful thanksgiving, Harvest makes us aware of the
delicate make up and design of the kingdom, and our complete dependence on God. For the wind, sunshine, and rain to nurture, grow and provide food, materials and shelter. For the seasons. Providing for our basic human needs and so much more. Somewhere we belong. Somewhere we feel loved.
However, it doesn’t always feel like this; there are people starving, people who are lost, suffering, feel abandoned – so what’s going wrong? Many news stories are currently highlighting the imbalance and massive issues we’re creating with the amount of chemicals and plastic that is finding it’s way into the oceans, the kingdom’s life giving organ. This material is used within so many products; from packaging, office equipment, vehicles, through to clothing, accessories, cosmetics, medication, cleaning materials and more. Meeting the demand for instant results; food-on-the-go, lightweight, transformable properties, strength, ease of cleaning etc. Is this a sign of us as humans forging our own path?
Focusing on the amazing benefits we can achieve but forgetting to consider and limit the negative effects it might have on a wider scale? Are we taking all the amazing resources and goodness we’ve been given for granted? Have we forgotten God in ‘our plans’?
“Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour, and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25:4-5