SEPTEMBER: THE SEASON OF CREATION
The Green Team
In this season of creation, next Sunday we are asked to consider WILDERNESS.
In the Bible, wilderness appears several times. Most famously, the Israelites are led in the wilderness for forty years. This might have been like the country of southern Idaho, without irrigation, as they had flocks and herds with them moving to provide grazing for their animals.
John the Baptist lived in the desert (eating locusts and wild honey). After His baptism, Jesus went to the wilderness and was tempted by Satan. Was He also there for an undisturbed chance to pray and consider His life plan?
Today wilderness is more than “leftover” places but mapped and defined by law. We are fortunate to have “Wilderness” as well as less strictly defined forests in Idaho. In addition to appreciating God’s handiwork, many retreat to wilderness areas for contemplation and quiet.
Even if we do not spend time physically in wilderness, we want to know it is there. Plants and animals besieged by human development may survive only in these relatively small areas. They need our continued support and protection.