"Don't desecrate the land in which you live. I live here too - I, God (35:34)
This coming April 17th our Nichalas and Amber will be starting on a new adventure they having been preparing and training for over the past three years. The Pacific Crest Trail. Their first steps covering the 2650 miles begins at the Mexican border near Campo, California and ands near Manning Provincial Park, British Columbia. They are estimating to finish late August or early September with many memories made and tucked into their hearts.
When visualizing the beauty of these mountains, garbage never crossed my mind. I started thinking about how people are here, closer to home. While mowing it still amazes me how anyone can roll down their window and throw out all the garbage from their fast food meal. When did this become an act of "normal" or "accepted" behavior. What is even sadder, often times I am very hesitant to pick up others trash for fear of what is in it or contaminated with.
Isn't it amazing how there is "nothing new under the sun", and we still don't learn. How we simply think so much of what is convenient for ourselves, we neglect to see past the end of our nose. So many times we throw out our "trash" believing it won't matter or affect anyone else.
But it does.
Every single action we take, or don't take, causes a ripple across the expansion of time. In this Scripture, I apply it not only to the land I walk in, but my spiritual journey to train ourselves to be good stewards of The Temple He lives within. Us.
There is a story I have heard about a new bride fixing a ham for the first time. Before putting it into the pan, she cut off the ends. Her husband inquired why she was wasting so much meat and she replied it was how her mother always prepared the hams. Upon asking her mother why, she realized it was because of following the example of her mother. When asked why she did this, the grandmother replied, "because the pan was too short".
I am so thankful our Savior went up the mountain and gathered all my "trash", disposing of it. I am so thankful His cleanup is all we will ever need and "in" Him - we have been power washed clean.