Caring is hard, but essential l Worship
Last updated 10/24/2018 at Noon
Living in the Pacific Northwest offers countless opportunities to enjoy beautiful views of the outdoors. Shortly after moving to the area, I learned of the Olympic National Park and I couldn’t wait.
I remember standing at Hurricane Ridge visitors center, being awestruck by the amazing views of the snow-covered peaks of the Olympic Mountains. I felt captivated by the immensity of these “giants” that silently stand in the background.
“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? (Psalm 8:3-4).”
I can picture the author of Psalm 8 looking up, and being awestruck by the immensity of the night sky.
In the midst of this experience, bringing his questions to the Lord, do you care about humans? Do you care about me?
The author continues, “Yet you have made them (human beings) a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor. You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field (5-7).”
Some of us have wondered, why would God care about me? Perhaps this psalm offers one insight into this old, yet common question of the human soul.
God cares for human beings to give them a meaningful role to care for creation. Planet earth is our home to enjoy, love and protect.
When I think about our connection to the creation. I also think about our connection towards each other one human to another. For Jesus this connection is important he declares, “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another (John 13:34).”
Caring for another human being is hard and difficult work, but essential work. Sometimes means showing care for a family member, friend or co-worker from giving a ride to work to dropping off a dish when someone is sick.
Equally important and more challenging is showing care for the wellbeing of an individual or group that has no “connection” with us.
For example, when a class of seniors graduate from high school, their achievement is a sign of the support of parents, caring adults, and others who have been part of each student’s journey.
As a society, when someone achieves his or her own goals we all benefit. By the same token, as human beings sharing the same planet we all benefit when we care for the creation in which we get to play, move, and grow.