I was her “Harley guy” (even though I rode a distinguishable, black and yellow, 6 cylinder, 1997 Honda Valkyrie).
So, I said, “Pauline, let’s take the bike out to the Canadian Rockies. What do you think?” She said, “Sure?” And, I said, “Let’s find a timeshare near Banff or Lake Louise, Alberta (I wanted us to take the beautiful Icefield Parkway run from Banff to Jasper).
Pauline, the good sport that she is, went online and found a timeshare in Fairfield Hot Springs, British Columbia. It was a great location. We trailered the bike and took daily trips from the timeshare to the Icefield Parkway, up and down this spectacular part of God’s creation. With Louis Armstrong, I thought, “What a wonderful world!”
Like a vacation timeshare, we are all guests on this beautiful, abused earth. Literally, God has given us time to share His incredible creation and, sadly, a creation undeniably abused. Many of us believe we own property here and proudly call this place “home.” But we are not “home” and all that we manage is not “our own.” We own nothing! Earth is an amazing timeshare! We’ve been invited to preserve and honor this Holy ground. “Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth ...”. Gen. 1:28.
We are trying!
I’m thankful for the environmental conservation visible in our Brainerd lakes area. It takes thoughtful planning and management to keep our lakes clean and our wildlife healthy. One environmentally friendly association in our area is The Gull Chain of Lakes Association. They understand we are guests and stewards of our natural resources. Kudos to their leadership team. Think of them the next time you hear the enchanting call of a loon.
But we need to try harder!
To use another metaphor, we should feel guilty for not leaving behind enough firewood at our campsite for the next camper. We have left too many campsites depleted, messy and in rough shape. The next group will have some cleaning up to do before they can relax and enjoy their temporary home. I certainly hope they work together and think about those who come after them. Our generation didn’t.
The point is: All of us are responsible for taking care of what we have been privileged to enjoy. Strange, isn’t it? As the lyrics to the song, “Big Yellow Taxi” by Joni Mitchell, put it -- “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you got ‘til it’s gone. They paved paradise and put up a parking lot!”
“Now, therefore, says the Lord of Hosts: Consider your ways!” Haggai 1:5 (KJV)
“Therefore, my good friends ... work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill God’s good purpose.” Philippians 2:12-13 (NIV)