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For Earth Day 2021, I have a unique challenge for all of us… especially we writers, who are in such a unique position to appreciate what it takes to build a world.

The Bible tells us that God spoke the world into existence. The Gospel of John describes it this way: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” -John 1:1-5

A few verses later, John proclaims that the Word was made flesh in the person of Jesus Christ.

Have you ever stopped to wrap your head around that or a moment? It’s a threefold concept that Christians and non-believers alike often take for granted.

 

-This world was created through words.

-Those words had, and were, and are, a life all their own.

-Those words are what give you—YOU—being and consciousness, and they literally walked the Earth as you do.

 

This is not, shall we say, 101 level stuff. This is the kind of stuff that makes a skeptic pull out their hair in consternation because who the heck would still believe this stuff?

There’s another verse in the Bible that says, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”– 1 Corinthians 1:18

I don’t blame anyone who reads these verses and scoffs, because from a strictly “natural” perspective (i.e., a perspective based on widely accepted secular theory) these concepts are utterly upside down. Yet, to those of us who know the power of God—to those of us who have met Him—these verses hardly make us blink. If God is infinite and eternal and omnipotent, if God is without limitation, then why shouldn’t any of this makes sense? So why some would point to these verses as evidence of fallacy, we who know Jesus accept it as evidence of His authority, in a directly opposite fashion.

 

 

Today is Earth day. I wanted to write a post in honor of the occasion, so with lots of vague thoughts on the matter floating around in my head, I decided to just sit down at the computer and see what came out of the keyboard. I was thinking a lot about how, as a writer of fantasy, I’ll never live up to the Writer of reality.

The variety of peoples, creatures, and environments on this floating rock hurtling through space in a survival-dependent relation to perhaps billions of other hurtling objects completely defies human imagination.

 

This year, I’ve had the unique blessing to be able to travel with my family all over the eastern two-thirds of the United States and explore firsthand some of the major natural features whose character will impact CROSSED LINES, the novel I’m currently writing. Every mountain I visit, from the Rockies to the Smokies to the singular Pilot Mountain in North Carolina, is completely unique. The lakes and rivers and creeks have quirks. We’ve driven from the subtropics of south Florida to the humid green of Louisiana to the arid browns and yellows at the crest of Texas and into the vast flat lands of the Midwest, and I’ll be lucky to capture any of it on the page as I captured it with my eyes and ears and senses.

Just the eastern two-thirds of one country on this miraculous planet.

 

 

I wanted to write a blog post in honor of Earth Day. I think most of these around the internet tend to focus on challenging the reader to take care of Earth, which we should, but my challenge is only adjacent to that.

I challenge us all to be grateful. I challenge us all to be observant. I challenge us to look around at the amazing, intricate, interlocking tapestry of life and beauty and notice all the little things and huge things to which we’ve allowed ourselves to become desensitized…. And I challenge us all to remember the One who not only came up with it all, but sustains it all; the One who not only had the idea for building Earth, but who made it work practically.

As a writer, I can appreciate the distinction between a good idea and the brilliant execution!

 

 

How are you celebrating Earth Day this year?

 

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