One of the great voices of our time has to be the voice of David Attenburgh. This remarkable man has taken us to the highest peaks and the depths of the seas and to the most remote places on the planet. He and his teams of cameramen have shown us the animals on land and the fish in the seas that we share the planet with. In some of the greatest pictures imaginable we have seen our planet in ways that no other generation in the history of the world has known, He has shown us nature, the land, the sea and the air, the smallest and largest animals, how they communicate, how they survive despite hostile environment, how they thrive. The colours are so beautiful, the wide open spaces are so remarkable, the land and the sea and the animals are so breathtakingly beautiful. His voice has become so recognisable, its soft tones, tell us things we never knew show us things we could never imagine in the blue planet, in the life on earth.
Consider the lilies in the field, they neither spin nor work but I tell you that not even Solomon all his splendour was clothed like one of them. Jesus says
Consider the birds of the sky, they do not sow nor do they reap, they gather nothing into barns and yet the heavenly Father feeds them. Jesus says.
Consider the grass of the field that grows in the morning and in the afternoon is thrown on the fire., Jesus says.
In these beautiful words does Jesus also touch on the planet that we belong to. The most beautiful things that we create are like nothing to the beauties of creation. The order of nature is so wonderful that everything seems provided for, the animals don’t toil like us sowing and reaping and building barns but simply exist and thrive. Everything seems to have purpose in life and creation.
Amidst the sadness, the brutality, the double dealing in the world today, the words of the Lord bring us back to the beauty of life on our planet, the goodness and beauty of things that surround us, the order and pattern of life, the simplicity and complexity of life on the planet. The shades of colour that surround us, the seasons that come and go, the life of the animals and living things that we share the planet. This a glorious place that we should take time to see, to really see.
The scripture reminds us that we are the most beautiful things that God’s hand has made and he has entrusted to us a stewardship of the planet. We must care for our world, for living things within it. It is not permissible to pollute the world, it is not permissible to hunt down the animals to the point of extinction. It is not permissible to rob the resources of the planet. We are not to be dishonest, complacent, reckless or irresponsible stewards of what has been entrusted to our care. To us is given the task to look after other living beings, the earth and the seas, the air that we breath. It means considering what we buy. iT means activism on behalf of good and proper causes that protect the planet. It means keeping ourselves up to date with arguments that protect and safeguard the planet around us. It means being green, taking part in initiatives that protect and safeguard the planets air, soil, climate and the welfare of animals and living things.
The title of steward is not an honorary title by dint of evolving to be superior to any other thing. It is a real title that along side it goes responsibilities and things to do. In it we are returning to a fundamental reason why we exist and why we re created. That connection between us and other living things is essential.
One if the reasons you never grow tired of David Attenburgh’s voice or the programmes on nature that he takes part in is because it puts you in touch with nature and the planet that we belong to. This wonderful world in which the grass and the trees and the plants grow in which things are born and have evolved and live in the world. It is a beautiful world to which we belong, everywhere in this world is the hand of God’s beauty and his providence.