Beauty surrounds us, but we usually need to be walking in a garden to know it - Rumi
Today is a Bank Holiday, a day of rest from work that was originally designated as such by the Bank Holidays Act 1871. No doubt many of us are looking forward to a holiday or at least a break from the daily grind. But then since God is with us wherever we are do we need to go anywhere else?
Look out of the window at the glory of God’s Creation on display there. Whether you have a garden that matches the finest on display at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, a simple back yard or just a window box, God creative beauty is there – yes, even in the daisy pushing its way through the concrete in that neglected corner! Just yesterday we were lucky enough to see a brightly coloured male chaffinch, a relatively common bird but not a regular visitor to our garden, came down to eat the aphids from the rose buds. And today the blackbird is singing away as if his life depended on it whilst the robin is doing his best to make himself heard! The garden is now coming into its most abundant and glorious season as all the plants and flowers come into bloom. Why would we need to go anywhere else?
Leading on from that I think that the important point we need to remember is this: on the sixth day when He created the universe ‘God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.’ Genesis 1:31(NIV). Now, remember that by this time He had already made Man and Woman and given them stewardship over all His Creation. That responsibility is one that each of us must accept. Indeed, it is vital that we embrace the duty passed down to us wholeheartedly. We are called to care for our world and everything that is, or lives in it. We must not destroy it wantonly simply for our own profit. Nor must we disregard, deny or ignore the needs of our fellow Man, whoever he or she is.
I am an Authorised Local Preacher in an Anglo Catholic parish church, in the Diocese of Essex UK