Sunday, April 21, 2013

White Rocks Trail

Yesterday two of my best friends, my boyfriend, and I went hiking as the sun sank low in the sky.

The temperature was perfect and so was the view! It was such a fun hike and we even had a picnic dinner on the rocks (yeah, they were white!) at the peak of the mountain. The trail was only about twenty minutes from where I go to school and I had no idea it existed until yesterday!

The lighting was so beautiful for pictures, which always makes me happy!

I will definitely treasure this adventure for years to come! :)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Creation Sings Praise: Why I Want to Protect the Earth

Sunset at Glover's Atoll, Belize

During my time studying abroad in Belize with Creation Study Program, I realized that creation is not just there for us or even God to enjoy the beauty of. Creation worships God. I don't know why I was surprised by this, because numerous times in the Bible the authors talk about creation praising God, even calling creation to praise God.

Praise him, sun and moon;
    praise him, all you shining stars. 
 Praise him, you highest heavens
    and you waters above the skies.

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

Psalm 148:3-4, 7-12

Our songs of praise are minute when compared to the songs of the rest of creation. This video, especially the last five minutes, is absolutely incredible and overwhelming, and I can literally feel my soul reaching out to participate in the song. Let us join together with creation in worshiping our Creator.

At the same time, if this is what creation is singing to my God, why would I not want to protect and conserve it with all of my efforts? God has given us the amazing gift to worship along with His creation, and all we've done is mindlessly destroyed His choir.

I want to build up His praise team.

Because He oh-so-deserves the most magnificent worship band out there.