God has place this wonderful creation in our hands. As U2 sings, "It's a beautiful day, don't let it slip away." We have this one life to live on this beautiful planet so enjoy these reflections on God, faith, life, and music. "After the flood all of the colors came out. It's a beautiful day."

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Oil Spil

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
I was sitting by the lake with my dog this afternoon. As the water was gentle lapping the shore, I thought about the story in the news. The giant oil spill off the coast in the Gulf of Mexico, where this drilling rig has dumped a lot of gallons of oil and is continuing to leak and may leak for a long time. You could see the oil spread out for miles. They told us at first, no problem it isn’t still leaking, we have it under control. But it is never under control.

fishing the jetty on Padre Island Texas
When I was young, we went on vacation to visit my grandparents in Texas on Padre Island in the gulf of Mexico. I loved to go visit because it meant we got to play in the ocean. Growing up in Illinois there wasn’t a lot of water around so being by the Gulf was one of my favorite things to do. When I was little it was so beautiful, people weren’t allowed to build in front of the sand dunes. It was like an undiscovered slice of heaven. There would be different times when there would be no one but my family on the beach. We would play for hours in the crystal clear water on the soft sand beaches. You could see endless miles into the ocean. As I got old they built the first oil rigs and each year we went back more oil rigs appeared breaking you view. But they didn’t just create an eyesore, they created a difference in how we could be at the beach. There started to be patches of tar that would stick to the sand and float in the water. This meant that those patches of oil would stick to you and then you would have to scrub to get them off. It meant you had to take special goop to clean with when you went to the beach. I even remember a time we couldn’t go in the water at all because there had been a spill and the place was just covered with tar. My little piece of heaven was now a little unsafe. The last time I went back for my Grandmother’s funeral there were so many people you couldn’t find a free spot of beach and they had built so many condo on the other side of the dunes. Place that were wide open before.

I know what it means to experience oil in the gulf. When that oil comes to shore it will kill wildlife, but the newscaster missed that it is already killing wildlife. Beautiful, amazing sea creatures are now having trouble breathing because their skin is coated with tar preventing them from breathing. Life is dying yet we are concerned about will it hit shore and impact us. It already has. President Obama, probably doesn’t get this. I don’t think they drill off of Hawaii the ocean he visits. I wish he would go down to the gulf and spend some time on the shore with his girls. Then maybe the small benefit of having a few more gallons of oil does not outweigh the cost to life experienced in the ocean. Instead of drilling we need to change how we use energy. The beautiful days that are lost to life in the ocean is not worth the risk of drilling.

See the world in green and blue
See China right in front of you
See the canyons broken by cloud
See the tuna fleets clearing the sea out
See the bedouin fires at night
See the oil fields at first light
See the bird with a leaf in her mouth
After the flood all the colours came out
It was a beautiful day
A beautiful day


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