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The “big browns” are spawning in
the Owyhee River—brown trout
beginning their fall nesting ritual.
You can see them excavating their
nests in the gravelly shallows.
Wise fishermen know that fish
are spawning and try not to disturb
them. They avoid walking on gravel
bars where they might trample the
eggs, or wading upstream from the
nests where they might dislodge
debris that can smother them. And
they don’t fish for these trout,
though it’s tempting to do so as
they rest near their nests.
Care for creation honors the
These precautions are
part of an ethic that governs
responsible fishing. But there is a
deeper and a better cause.
The Scriptures stress the fact that
God has given us the earth (Gen.
1:28–30). It is ours to use, but we
must use it as those who love it.
I muse on the work of God’s
hands: a partridge calling across a
canyon, a bull elk bugling up a
fight, a herd of antelope far off in
the distance, a brook trout and its
kaleidoscopic rose moles, a mother
otter playing in a stream with her
pups—I love all these things, for
they have been given to me for my
delight, out of my Father’s great
And what I love, I
You have put us here to enjoy and
ponder Your marvelous creation. May
everything You have made remind us
of Your goodness, love, and care.
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Care for creation honors
God gave specific instructions
on how the Israelites should treat
the land He had given them (Ex.
23:10–11; Lev. 25:1–7). Just as His
people were commanded to rest every
seventh day, “[their] land [was] to
have a year of rest” (Lev. 25:5).
“For six years you are to sow your
fields and harvest the crops, but
during the seventh year let the land
lie unplowed and unused” (Ex.
23:10–11). Modern scientists have
supported the practice of
periodically letting land lay
fallow, allowing the land’s
nutrients to be replenished and
wise Creator cares for those He
created as well as the earth He has
given us. How can we be better
stewards of God’s creation?