Genesis 1:1, 31 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the
earth… and indeed it was very good…” (NKJV).
Ellen G. White reflected on the glorious beauty of God’s creation.
“Every flower, every shrub, every tree,” she explained, “answered the purpose
of its Creator. Everything upon which the eye rested was lovely, and filled
the mind with thoughts of the love of God…” ([Australasian] Union
Conference Record, June 1, 1900 par. 2, 4).
However, from the beginning of sin to the present day, life on earth
has been struggling to survive. Mankind is attempting to resolve centuries
of neglect, mismanagement, and abuse by “going green.” Green seems
to be the current buzz word. It has been in the news, in publications, on
billboards and in cyberspace for the multitudes to hear and see.
From the beginning of creation, God has encouraged
green stewardship of this planet. Life itself is being
jeopardized by toxic waste, global warming, greenhouse
gasses, unsafe drinking water, impure air emissions, and
unsanitary conditions throughout the ecosystem.
God has His own green plan. He describes a
glorious new creation, “For behold, I create new
heavens and a new earth; And the former shall
not be remembered or come to mind,” (Isaiah
65:17). The apostle Peter echoes the words of the
prophet Isaiah. He also looked for “new heavens
and a new earth,” (2 Peter 3:13 NKJV).
Ellen G. White highlighted the future “going
green” design. She described the New Earth
promised by God. “I saw,” she said, “another field full
of all kinds of flowers, and as I plucked them, I cried
out, “They will never fade!” Next I saw a field of tall
grass, most glorious to behold; it was living green and
had a reflection of silver and gold as it waved proudly
to the glory of King Jesus,” (The Adventist Home, p. 547).
New heavens and a new earth...that’s the ultimate
going green, “living green!”
By Mitch Hazekamp