Walking around on resurrection ground, what did I find? Horicon Marsh aka Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin.
Now about the Landowner: In previous posts I have noted as have others that The Kingdom of God is here and now. Jesus inaugurated his Kingdom on earth when he walked this earth. His resurrection signified among many wonders that His creation would be reborn, restored to its original glory. The Landowner, King Jesus, delights in His creation. He is also delighted when Kingdom caretakers are delighted with the work of His hands. And we, like David, find this out first hand.
It is in the parable of The Landowner (Matthew 20) that we learn that the Landowner honors all those who want to be a part of what he is doing – and no matter how late in the day. It is this Kingdom equality with its reordering – the first shall be last and the last first – which overturns the individual’s power struggle to be more equal than others.
Now, not only did I find Horicon Marsh on a map one day (I love maps) but when I arrived at the Marsh I found the Kingdom of God flourishing in a wildlife refuge. At once I imagined that when Jesus returns such a place would no longer need refuge status. Such a place would then exist alongside man without signage and “protection.” The Kingdom of God is creation’s refuge. When the King returns he will make sure of it.
Delight, for me, has a component of awe, of the gobsmakcked. Consider that roughly 4.6 billion years ago God spoke the universe into being. Since then the evolved creation with it given potentiality has been thriving with creatures both great and small.
The many photos and movies taken during my trip to the “King’s” Marsh will be presented over several posts. I shot many vistas as I was awestruck by the acres of marsh grass and the horizon that “joins” the expanse of heaven and the expanse of earth. I saw colors and shades in nature that would make any watercolorist zealous to paint.
You will see creatures: the matte-black prehistoric-looking Double-crested Cormorant and the American White Pelican along with varieties of birds darting, swooping and floating on thermals. The short movies will show the marsh in motion. Note: The wind across the open marsh often made the sound recording muffled. Oh well, next time I’ll bring some high-tech sound equipment and some wading boots!
Behold the Kingdom of God. Behold the good.