“O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Yonder is the sea, great and wide, creeping things innumerable are there, living things both small and great.” [Psalm 104:24-25]
The psalmist sings, “In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.” In wisdom…really? I don’t know about you, but there are few creatures I could do without! Like mosquitoes and gnats to name a few from my perspective. Yet, through science we have learned that God’s diversity has a purpose. When a predator is eliminated in a natural environment, over population occurs and land is laid bare. When we consolidate farming and only grow one crop, the mono crop is overrun by pests for which we have created pesticides. Although, most of us do not want active beehives in our backyard, this pesky, yet absolutely necessary creature of God pollinates $15 billion worth of U.S. crops every year that make it to our tables. Without the diverse population of bees that pollinate food producing plants, our food chain would be severely damaged. Diversity is by design, yet we humans forget God’s wisdom in the bountiful creation we often take for granted. How might we be better stewards of God’s diverse creation, by nurturing our understanding of the interconnections of all of creation? Indeed, how manifold are your works, O God!
Ever creating God, help me to better understand my impact on the natural environment. You love your creation, every beautifully diverse creature big and small. Help me to love all of creation ever more deeply, as you do. Help me to understand your wisdom so beautifully displayed in the wonder of the natural world. Amen.