It’s Earth Day!

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As a gardener and nature lover, Earth Day has mixed meanings to me.  I appreciate the beauty of nature, the first shoots of green in the spring, and the harvest of flowers and fruits as the seasons turn.

One of my favorite things is to spend time at the beach and enjoy the sand, sunshine, crashing or lapping waves, and the warm breeze. And anytime of the year, I am game for a hike, or even a walk along a rural roadside.

American Robin at a River Bank :: Earth Day Discovery :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Today, we took a walk down a nearby road.  There’s a small boat launch onto the river along that road and we strolled on in there to get a closer look at the now receding river and her previously swollen banks.

Spring Wildflowers :: Earth Day Discovery :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net

As we turned in the driveway, immediately to my left I spied these flowers.  Gorgeous white flowers with yellow centers pushing up like tulips at first glance.  Coming closer I uncovered some dried grasses from the winter and these spectacular blossoms.  I’m guessing they are anemones, but I need to do a Google search.  If you know….please tell.

White Wildflowers with Yellow Stamens :: Earth Day Discovery :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Walking a bit farther, now that the snow is melted away, we can see what was left alongside the park in the adjacent marsh.  Things like a mattress, bags and bags of garbage obviously dumped by one person, a basket of trash, and miscellaneous plastic juice and liquor bottles lay randomly among the new spring growth and the waters of the marsh.  All this in addition to the fast food containers, water bottles, vodka bottles, and yes, a toilet left in the nearby roadside ditch over the winter.

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All of that was rather disheartening.  But, truly the saddest Earth Day discovery was seeing a still live Robin dangling from one leg in the brush.  Evidently she got her leg caught in someone’s fish line that had gotten tangled in the brush and thoughtlessly left behind.  My husband didn’t have anything sharp other than a car key.  But, he managed to use it to help break the line and rescue the Robin.  Her leg had been injured, but to what degree we do not know.

Rescuing a Trapped Robin :: Earth Day Discovery :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net

After freeing her, he gently placed her on the ground.  We had no idea what more to do for her and left her there to continue on our walk.  We stopped by to check on her on our return leg of the trip.  She was still there, noticeably breathing.  It so broke our hearts to see her injured because of thoughtlessness on the part of a fisher.

Robin freed from fish line trap :: Earth Day Discovery :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Why do we have Earth Day?  My understanding is that originally it was to celebrate the Earth and the concept of peace.  Many have used the day to raise awareness of the health of the planet.

American Robin ::  Grounded by Thoughtlessly left Fish Line ::  AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Something has occurred to me and given me pause.  We have a tendency to think that we are more than stewards of this great planet.  We can be guilty of thinking that we are the gods of this planet, or we can fall into the camp of being worshipers of Mother Earth.  Many think that our choices have a profound influence on the overall health and fitness of planet Earth.

Duck Weed and Maple Blossoms :: Earth Day Discovery :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net

There is not doubt that the use of chemicals, genetically modifying our plants and animals, and more, has and continues to have a devastating impact on us…the inhabitants of Earth.  And though I think that agribusiness and government along with plenty of selfish individuals have been guilty of faulty choices and thinking that have had a negative impact on our health and environment, we need to be cautious as there is a fine line between being stewards of the planet and gods of the planet.

These are just a few, of several, verses in the Bible that help us gain perspective.

Remember that the sky, the highest heaven,
the earth and everything it contains
belong to the Lord your God.
Deuteronomy 10:14 GW

The earth and everything it contains are the Lord’s.
    The world and all who live in it are his.
Psalm 24:1 GW

This all belongs to God.  He has ultimate control.  He measures the rain and the snow and it all falls from his hand.  He has even created natural organisms that will, for example, clean up the ocean after our man-made disasters.  This is HIS creation.

New Growth in the Marsh :: Earth Day Discovery ::  AnExtraordinaryDay.net

We too belong to God.  If we don’t do anything else on Earth Day, we must give thanks for God’s fantastic creation.  Let’s recognize the beauty, the utility, and the fruit of this great place. It contains everything we need for physical sustenance.  God did not forget a thing.  Yet…we forget God.

So this year, on Earth Day, let’s give thanks and rejoice that all of this belongs to God and he has graciously placed us over it all to utilize for our benefit and his glory.   Awesome!

God blessed them and said, “Have many children and grow in number.
Fill the earth and be its master.
Rule over the fish in the sea and over the birds in the sky
and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

God said, “Look, I have given you all the plants that have grain for seeds and
all the trees
whose fruits have seeds in them. They will be food for you. I have given all
the green plants as food  
for every wild animal, every bird of the air, and
every small crawling animal.” And it happened.

Genesis 1:28-30  NCV

Maybe this year’s Earth Day discovery should be to discover God.  The ONE who created this amazing orb that we call home.  The ONE who created all this right down to his provision for our food.  Amazing!  Do you feel blessed?  I do!

Stop here to enjoy last year’s pictorial celebration of Earth Day!

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Happy Earth Day!

Diane

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  1. Diane,
    Very good thoughts, and I agree. Brings to mind another scripture, Romans 1:20: “For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse”

  2. Debbi Saunders says:

    Diane,Beautifully said! And I so agree. I believe there was an old Hymn… For the Beauty of the Earth and the Glory of the skies….I loved this hymn that we sang in Church when I was a child…
    I pray that the Lord put your little rescued Robin back in the air on his way….
    Good Night~~~
    Debbi

  3. Beautiful post!
    That is so sad about the robin. Littering is one of my pet peeves.
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  4. Your robin rescue reminds me of my butterfly rescue a the beach. Sorry if this is a repeat but over a year ago walking on the beach I saw a butterfly caught in the surf at the edge–one wing buried in the sand. I picked it up on a stick and took it to a grassy area where I could come back and check on it. I did later in the day and it was beautiful and flapping it’s wings. I was so excited but when I went back the next day it was dead. It was November and as I picked it up on a stick and carried it with me crying my eyes out–heartbroken , wondering if I should have taken it in the night before out of the cold not sure what I would do with it. I’m asking the Lord what I should have done, tears flowing and boom right in front of me on the shoreline sat the most beautiful small purplish conch shell. You may think not so unusual but there are no shells to be found at our
    Hilton Head beach as in the past. This was a miracle find. I felt like the Lord knowing how broken hearted I was decided to send me a treasure shell–a real gift, so I now display that still beautiful butterfly and shell on a pretty dish of sand. Actually after 4 grandsons visited that shell disappeared but I had another almost like it that now lays by the butterfly. that’s it! have a blessed day!
    hugs
    Glenda Kremer

  5. I feel the same way about Earth Day Diane. God did task us to be caretakers of the earth, but he also warned us not to worship it. I hope your robin was just tired and needed a rest. Blessings, Deborah
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  6. Goegeous photos. My heart hurt for the robin, we can be so thoughtless. I do believe many times it is lack of thought put into decisions we make. And it tends to be a hurried world, a ‘fast’ culture right now. Old folk like me prefer a slower pace. I don’t care for ‘fastfood’ or drive through anythings. I’m in that time of life where I appreciate slow and calm and easy….LOL. ‘Cept when it comes to internet speed!!
    I know this life and this planet doesn’t belong to me. I am grateful I get to enjoy it. I’m also one who can make thoughtless decisions on the fly. It’s good you reminded me of slowing down to think.