Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Stewardship & Nature

On a recent trip to Tucson Ariz., my wife Vivian and I spent some time in Saguaro National Park. Much of this column is inspired by the script of the visitor center film entitled, “Voices of a Desert.” The Native Americans inhabit this area and have a deep love and respect for the land, which, in many ways, mirrors the Biblical principles of stewardship. One of the Native Americans in the film, Floyd Flores, declares that the fruit of the Saguaro cactus “provides nourishment for the happiness of our spirits, our souls.” Isaiah 35:1-2 echoes, “The desert shall rejoice and blossom as a rose; it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice…” Daniel Preston, another Native American, says, “Whatever Creator is in these plants and in these animals and in us humans, He speaks to us …by the beauty of the desert. He gives you a gift.” Flores, exclaims, “We’re very careful when we walk in the desert…because there was somebody else there before us. There was a deer that had stood there or bobcat that had laid there and had a nap.” Because they feel one with the land, Preston reflects, “You treat the desert as you would treat any other human – with respect and dignity and care and love.” The narrator, Jane Lueders, concludes with these words, “It is here for all of us to share—and each of us to protect.” As it says in Genesis 1:31, “Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.”

By Mitch Hazekamp

Mitch Hazekamp
Mitch Hazekamp

Stewardship/Trust Services Director

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