Rooftop Plants


I posted up in the best spot in the coffee shop where I am writing today.  I'm sitting in a comfy chair overlooking the roof of the building next door--a roof that is entirely covered in plants.  

Seriously, the entire roof is covered in native Texas Hill Country, drought-resistant plants, and it's beautiful. 

As I am sitting here, I can't help but wonder about the creative impulse that preceded the decision to put plants on a roof.  

At some point in the process of designing that building, someone floated the idea that the roof just might be a place where certain plants could thrive, and wouldn't that be an awesome way of utilizing what is ordinarily wasted space that simply radiates heat.  

So, they filled the whole roof with plants. 

I know there is a lot of debate happening right now in our culture about the environment. I've also realized that Christians seemed just as divided on environmental issues as everybody else. 

But here's the thing...  No matter where people fall in the debates surrounding environmental issues like global warming, the one thing we can all agree on is that the impulse to cover the stark, black roof of a building with plants is a beautiful one.  

In Genesis 1:31 we have these incredible words: "And God saw all that he had made--and it was very good."  

God still sees Creation as "very good."  I believe God loves God's Creation with an incredible hesed, never-ending, never-running out kind of love.  And because you and I are created in the image of God, with God's DNA imprinted upon us... we have the impulse deep within us to do the same. 

Maybe those of us who call ourselves Christians should spend less time arguing with one another about environmental issues, and more time covering rooftops with plants and flowers.  I wonder how that might change the debates about these issues.  

Take the opportunity to truly see God's Creation today.  Breathe it in.  Dream bigger dreams about how you can be a part of reclaiming it, restoring it and fulfilling God's ancient Genesis-command to "be fruitful and multiply." 

May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you now and always. Amen. 


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