I wonder if we don’t take all this wondrous beauty, on this planet we call Earth, for granted. We go to sleep at night knowing the sun will rise in the east, and set in the west as it’s done for thousands of years. We don’t think much about what it takes to grow our garden when a gentle rain falls, giving all living things a drink. Nor we give much thought to the fact that if we were any other distance from the sun, we would either freeze to death, or burn because the heat would be too intense. We often don’t think twice about turning on the faucet and drawing drinkable water from the tap or using the abundant resources like trees, air, plants and animals, (even those we aren’t crazy about, like snakes!)
The movie, “The Day After Tomorrow,” about the Earth being “fast frozen” kind of makes me consider how very grateful I am to be able to look out my window and see the wonder and beauty of my world. The movie, although fiction, drives home the idea that at any moment a bizarre and totally catastrophic natural phenomenon could happen that could completely alter our world. Consider those who deal with tornados, or hurricanes. What about wild fires or even blizzards? There is always the threat of “some kind” of occurrence happening over which we have no control.
I was reading recently about the volcanic eruption of Krakatoa in 1883 (in what is now Indonesia) where more than 36,000 deaths occurred because of the volcano and the tsunamis it caused. 1 There were four violent explosions, among many previous smaller ones. The sound of one of those explosions was heard 1,930 miles away and another 3,000 miles away, with energy estimations equal to nearly 200 megatons of TNT, rupturing the eardrums of sailors 40 miles off the coast! 2 Needless to say, the devastation was catastrophic with extreme loss of life and the island two-thirds, simply gone!
1883 seems like such a long time ago, and thankfully the island is slowly rejuvenating, with life forms washing in from the sea and pollen blown in from the wind. The lava, like that in the islands in Hawaii welcome, albeit slowly, life. Could something like that happen in 2015? When there is a horrible forest fire that wipes out and blackens acres and acres of trees, it takes many years to replenish what once was, even though in only several years there is hints of greenery. Still, it's such a slow process.
Life is precious in all its forms. We should not take one moment for granted. It could be gone in an instant—or we could be gone. We aren’t promised a single breath past the one we’ve just taken. So I challenge you, this week, to look at your world through grateful eyes and hearts. We are surrounded with incredible beauty we often miss because we are so busy doing "stuff." It's worth the moment to just stop...... and enjoy the blessing!