On Wednesday I went on a field trip with my son to see the movie Earth at the Martinsburg Regal Cinemas. I couldn't recommend a better movie that shows the beauty and majesty of this planet. My spirit leaped within me wanting to cry out "how could you not believe this universe, planet, and all living things were made by a divine creator?"
The movie Earth is a documentary that follows the lives of three wild animals over a year. It tracks polar bears in the Arctic, elephants in the Kalahari and a humpback whale and baby, through the trials and tribulations of 4 seasons in their lives. It's was beautifully filmed with bright, crisp pictures of wildlife and the changing earth. I recommend this film for school aged children. It shows the circle of life which can be sad at times. Several animals are chased down and caught by a predator. It never shows the killing of the animal but you do understand its outcome.
I was at first hesitate of viewing this film due to the biased world we live in depicting our existence by chance or evolution. However this film never stated any reference to that ideology. Instead the narrator opened up talking about the incredible design of this planet earth and how it is the only planet that can sustain life. We learn about the exact tilt of our planet which makes living on it possible, contributes to the seasons and many other things.
Just for fun celebrate Earth Day with your family by viewing this film together. It will give you an opportunity to reinforce to your children that we are created by God, our divine maker. If you are interested in viewing a trailer of this movie, you can check it out here-- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qicARYcTe6w
Some of my favorite chapters of the Bible are in Job. Here is an abbreviated excerpt when God is speaking directly to Job about this wonderful planet Earth.
"Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation?...Have you ever given orders to the morning or shown the dawn its place...The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its features stand out like those of a garment...Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail,...What is the way to the place where the lightening is dispersed, or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth? Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm, to water a land where no man lives, a desert with no one in it, to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with grass?...From whose womb comes the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens when the waters become hard as stone, when the surface of the deep is frozen?...Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs?...Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Do you watch when the doe bears her fawn?...Does the hawk take flight by your wisdom and spread his wings toward the south?"