Monique M. Keller
During the beginning of January, we were fortunate to spend time hiking in the Drakensberg. Staying at Witsieshoek in the Royal Natal National Park. Clearer than ever before was how the color green predominated the landscape. Not only one shade of green but multiple shades. It reminded me of the third day of Creation.
“Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
So the evening and the morning were the third day.” – Genesis 1:11-13
The selection of color in nature is exquisite and the human senses of sight to take it in and enjoy its fullness a privilege and grace. There are a staggering 295 different shades of green, the chemical chlorophyll responsible for the green light waves not being absorbed by scrubs, leaves, bushes, grass, herbs, all living wonderfully Created things. Chlorophyll because it does not allow the color green to be absorbed it causes the color green. The color green, one of three primary colors, symbolizes freshness, life, new, practices of environmental responsibleness, positivity as the green light of a robot indicates to move forward, go, proceed.
The vast amounts of rainfall this summer with La niña nourished every plant, grass, fern, tree, scrub. La niña is the opposite of El niño. A colder and a wetter of the two oscillating patterns of the climate occurring in South Africa. Years of drought gave way to boundless rain.
Grass growing all around South Africa, I wonder if we give enough thanks after years of drought. Do we even think back and remember? Prayers for rain, short cold showers, sparing water. Do we give thankful prayers when we have in abundance as we do when we have lack?
With love always,
Writer of Creation Illuminated and Teacher on the Mount