The Island

God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

-Genesis 1:28

On our honeymoon, Jodi and I kayaked out to a little island a little while off the shore of Lake Huron. Of course I tweeted it so it was official.

When we arrived on the island, we got ready to walk across the land, but we couldn’t. The entire thing was full of bugs upon bugs. Dozens of ants seemed to come out of every rock we stepped on (which was a lot considering the fact that the land was made out of rocks) while gnats flew all around our faces. Trees and various plants and flowers grew up every which way and we hardly made any progress in moving forward. The only decent way across the island was to walk on the algae covered rocks. This caused me to slip and stub my toe which brought about some pain and bleeding, so I use the word “decent,” very lightly.

I bring all of this up because today we are so focused on “being green.” Now this is good, of course, and I think this newfound interest is inspired by God (even if those who aren’t Christians might have grabbed onto the idea first). But if there was a movie made that was the opposite of WALL-e, in which the world was taken over by greenness because people didn’t want to disturb the environment, we would see a different problem.

All of that to say that there is a balance to being green and following our call to subdue the earth and take dominion over all of the creatures. Otherwise we’ll end up on an uninhabitable planet.

This post is kind of random, but these were some the thoughts that went through my head as I tried to make my way across the island, so take it for what it’s worth.

Also, I have nothing wrong with being green. We should all be doing it. Remember, God put man in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it (Genesis 2:10), which requires a balance of being green and subduing the earth.

And now for a barrage of pictures from our uncharted exploration:

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