Friday, August 13, 2010

Daily - 8/13/10


So ... I'm in a hotel for the last three days. Last night, as I click across the TV, I see a PBS show on John Denver. I watch it, because I'm a John Denver fan (deal with it).

The show talked about Denver's love for nature, and how many of his songs were related to specific experiences outdoors. An example: In "Rocky Mountain High", the line "I've seen it raining fire in the sky" is talking about a specific night watching a meteor shower at high altitude.

He has passed away, but the show included old interviews where he talked about how connected he felt to the earth, and how in awe he was of nature -- all the beauty, the ecosystems, everything. He talked about how eventually he came to see his songs, concerts, TV specials, and everything else as a means to foster his love for the planet.

Many, many people consider his perspective inspiring.

All I could think about was how sad it was. He was SOOOOO close to the answer, but he didn't get there. He never took the key step in environmental consciousness, and connect it to spirituality. He fixed his love on the planet, not God. He focused his efforts on the creation, not the creator.

He was so taken by the beauty, and he never made the connection to God. At least not publicly.

What truth there is in Romans 1:20-21

20 Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made. As a result, they have no excuse;

21 for although they knew God they did not accord him glory as God or give him thanks. Instead, they became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless minds were darkened.