And if people were amazed at the power and workings of nature, let them perceive from them how much more powerful is the one who formed them. (Wisdom 13:4)
Study of nature whether it is soil, plants, insects, animals, birds, fish, rocks, fossils or so many other ‘ologies’ – provides us with so many intricate details, so much order, so much richness that I believe the first and most appropriate response is awe. I note that awe is one of the traditional gifts of the Holy Spirit. That awe can inspire us to want to learn more – and appreciate the area of study as something precious and wondrous.
We should remember that God is the author of the Book of Scripture and the book of Nature. It is our task as we work with the young people in our care to ignite the spark of curiosity, wonder and awe at the extraordinary richness and connections in our areas of academic expertise. But as the quote from scripture reminds us, we must honour the giver of all these precious gifts – and do our part to take care of them.
Have a great week!