Dear Earth,

I walk across you today picking up on the secrets you hold.

Will you share them with me?

Dear, dear Earth, land and sea, hand-shaped by the Creator, may I see what is shrouded in you, the unrevealed history you hold of footsteps and failure, that I might help bring healing?

Might I feel the joy of laughter where children’s feet have trod across pastures and down sidewalks and those that landed at the bottom of sliding boards?  Might I sense where worship has been lifted and rolled like waves?

My feet walk trails and neighborhoods, churches and food stores, even battlefields, and find the places where social injustice has been sown like a seed and flourished.

My shoes fall upon rocks and leaves, hills and houses, to find private corners where words angry were loosed and tears have fallen, or worse – brokenness or blood.  I hear you tell your story.

God’s Word in me comes with healing in its wings and hovers over you, earth.  We can cleanse with our prayers and create open places where blessings can fall like rain, where new seeds fall on good soil that is hungry for rightness, for order, for restoration.

And when people walk there then, they know the Creator’s touch even if foreign to their hearts, and they feel love-open to offer a hand, to receive a touch, to know their legitimacy as children of God.

For how we walk and live upon you, if we are free as the ones He created us to be, we bring a blessing towards that ultimate restoration which we long for ourselves as well.  We are dust upon dust, in hope and assurance of glorious freedom!

So may we become who we are meant to be… submitting to the King as noble subjects, authentic ones who steward and care for what we have been given; for as we are restored in identity, walking with God, so you, the earth, will be healed in the process, glad for the feel of the feet of the children of God.

19 The whole creation waits breathless with anticipation for the revelation of God’s sons and daughters. 20 Creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice—it was the choice of the one who subjected it—but in the hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from slavery to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of God’s children. 22 We know that the whole creation is groaning together and suffering labor pains up until now.  (Romans 8, CEB)

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How we walk and live upon the earth affects it, as when Abel’s blood cried out from the ground, and as is taught throughout the Bible.  Seeking God through prayer and changing how we live can bring healing to our land and to us as in 2 Chronicles 7:12-22. We each are history healers and history makers.

Abundant grace is available!

Robin

From the desk by the window where I hear the Earth speaking. Let’s go walk on it.

(c) Edited and republished from Sept. 2011, Robin Lawrimore Lewis

The Earth Celebrates

Tearth handshe first things God created are what we see.  He created leaves and trees and dirt and mountains and waterfalls and the list goes on.  He didn’t stop with one kind of bird or dog or tiger.  He didn’t stop with just one kind of fish or one kind of apple.  He spoke into being and brought forth the amazing place we call home.

Isaiah 55 is a favorite chapter for me.  It tells of the effect when people really seek after God, and ends with the most amazing verses.  As you read, visualize this actually happening:

You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.
 Instead of the thorn-bush will grow the juniper,
and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the Lord’s renown,
for an everlasting sign,
that will endure forever.”

Mountains singing!  Trees clapping their hands!  Juniper and Myrtle trees mountainsgrowing where thorns and briars had previously grown.  And we worship and live out the lives He has given us, learning to follow and submit to Him, not only are we fulfilled, but the earth is also changed.  So much so that we hear the voice in our spirit of mountains singing and the sound of trees clapping their hands.  And spiritual and physical change is the evidence.

The Transformation DVDs  have been produced from research such as described in Isaiah 55.  Transformation is the result of people seeking God and living in a way that brings glory to Jesus.  And when communities embark on this together, they see and experience renewal in themselves and in the earth itself.

As we leave spiritual footprints of blessing, we are bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to the earth.  And that is exactly what God instructed Adam and Eve to do together – enlarge Heaven’s influence.  And that is why Jesus said make disciples (learners) – so that we enrich the generations after us to walk with God.

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.  ~Matthew 13:44

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This is not a hunky-dory feel-good post.

Jesus also said that our homes would be divided when we follow Him.  That some of us would lose our very lives.  But to follow Him is the grandest adventure for which we were created.  The journey is worth it.

And the earth celebrates!

(c) Robin Lawrimore, Feb. 2013

Leaving Spiritual Footprints

She walked carefully, stretching out her little legs to reach her Mama’s footprints.  Placing footprints beachher foot on the wet sand inside where hers had been felt good to the child.  She was growing.  One day, she thought, my feet will be as big as hers!

The way we walk has a spiritual effect on the earth.  The way we live leaves spiritual footprints that last.  With choosing to walk carefully according to how God is leading, our footprints leave blessing.  When we choose to walk against God, our footprints leave cursing.  Heaven and earth are witnesses.

19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  ~Deuteronomy 30:19-20

Abraham received God’s invitation to walk across the Promised Land, and God essentially told him that everywhere he placed his feet would belong to him and his descendents forever. Lillian's journey at 18 months with Mom close by... With each step, Abraham was claiming the land physically and spiritually.

We are here to do the same.  What kinds of footprints are we leaving?  Ones that push open doors so that the King’s love can come in?  Footprints that bring healing and restoration?  Ones that those following behind us will want to fill, too?

(c) Robin Lawrimore, February 2013

Feet to Earth

There’s this joke that goes something like this: “There was a whole year of my life that I was unable to walk.  But with a lot of trying and encouragement from others, around the age of one, it all changed.”

I may have entered the world with a need for someone to do everything for me, but as soon as I possibly could, I walked.  I had no idea where this new skill would take me, but I found I could move across a room, then across a yard, and since I have walked onto airplanes and crossed countries and oceans to walk on other soil.

I love walking.  Feeling the earth beneath my feet, seeing creation rise up to greet me, and taking pleasure in the arms of the trees as they reach overhead.  I have entered their space when I travel by foot and the beauty God planted reaches into my spirit and revives weary places.

I hike in the fall, winter, and spring and listen for the Father among the trees and across land.  You’ll find me on beaches in the summer listening to His faithfulness in the waves that reach for me again and again.  He has been known to interrupt my amble or strenuous stride with a word of correction, encouragement, or assignment.  I’ve received the most amazing revelation about who He is while hoofing it across rocks and beside rivers, lessons I will never forget as He taught me about the flow of His Spirit.

He loves the land, too.  There are over 1,700 verses pertaining to land in the Word, and land is the meeting place between God and mankind.  I put my feet to earth and stand perpendicular off this globe of sea and sand and reach out towards stars, towards the heavenly places.  I raise my hands in worship to the One who spoke all this here and placed me on its Terra.

As His daughter, being discipled and healed by Him, being taught by those who have traveled here before me, I take my calling and responsibility with a cup of intensity for I have a sober passion for this earth, this orb where He was the first Gardener.

With all the Kingdom He has placed in me, I walk and leave my permanent prints of spirit and the earth is glad for the feel of my feet because I love Him so.  Physical foot prints get washed away by rain, but not the spiritual.  Spiritual prints claim and promise for future generations a Kingdom atmosphere, a Kingdom come.

Feet to earth, my walk is worship to the One.  For I don’t just desire to see this earth changed, I desire the One who made it.  And that is the purpose of discovery.  Worship is the reason for missions, for redemptive gifts, for purpose.  That all kinds of people everywhere would come to know Him in such an interior kind of way that worship would be spontaneously exterior.  Not in a weird way, but in a lifestyle and a motivation.  That makes this whole thing bigger than me, and yet I get to give the deposit, the submitting, the life He has given me.  I get to walk this earth and give it away.

And since I’m here temporarily sojourning this globe, I want to redeem and give away absolutely all I have been given.  Which sometimes doesn’t feel like much and other times feels like everything until it’s handed over, and I remember that it cost the One everything.  What I have has been bought with a price and so I am glad to walk it out here, in my temporary home.  And while I walk it out, I find home.

And “I’ve got my heart set on what happens next, I’ve got my eyes wide, it’s not over yet” so I am embracing where I am, feet to earth, to fulfill all my King asks of me, the redeeming of the land where He has placed me, and where He beckons me to tread, feet to earth, home.

(c) August 2011, Robin Lawrimore

Lyrics in quotes by Jon Foreman, “This Is Home” from Narnia 2.