As I reflect on my first few days in Boulder, I realize that many images of God, Man, & Christ are revealed through nature within this city. I have seen the majestic Rocky Mountains, carefully tended multicolored flower, fruit, & vegetable gardens, towering 135 year old cottonwood trees, powerful lightning, & a beautiful sunset over the Rocky Mountains. To me, all of these things point to The Creator; to the vast majority of Boulderites they point, quite frankly, to just majestic Rocky Mountains, carefully tended multicolored flower, fruit, & vegetable gardens, towering 135 year old cottonwood trees, powerful lightning, & a sunset over the Rocky Mountains. Boulderites make Paul’s writing nearly 2000 years ago in Romans 1:18-32 come to life.
My job while at Cultiva Fields yesterday was working in the Children’s Peace Garden. We were weeding & re-mulching the paths between the vegetable patches. As I was pulling out the various types of weeds, thorns, & thistles, I was reminded of sin. Some of the weeds had grown only a couple of inches above ground, some 2 feet tall; some had beautiful purple flowers; some had thorns; some were crawling vines; ALL had roots. Occasionally the roots were not difficult to loosen, more often than not, though, they were. The smallest plants seemed to have the most extensive root systems…just like sin. What appears on the outside to be small, insignificant sin is grounded on the inside with many tendrils twisting, reaching, & searching to further anchor it into our beings giving Satan a stronghold.
The crawling vines were wrapped around the good plants and slowly killing them. While unwrapping and removing them, my thoughts were brought to the parable of the sower in Matthew 13:7 & 22, “Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.” “As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.” Also brought to mind was the parable of the weeds in the same chapter in Matthew, where the weeds are described as the sons of the evil one that were sown by the enemy, the devil. Boulder has been deceived with riches and the cares of this world by the sower of weeds.
This evening I watched the sunset behind the Rocky Mountains. It was breathtaking, a little sobering, but mostly encouraging. God’s artistry was definitely on display with the mountains’ outline, the clouds & colors & light from the sun. Through this particular sunset, God gave me a glimpse of what is to come here in Boulder: The clouds were thick & dark, the sun was no longer visible, however the sun’s rays were still powerful enough to pierce through & around the clouds. Just like these clouds, the city of Boulder, Colorado is spiritually dark, and even though the Son of God is not currently visible, His rays of truth and light are breaking through into the city of Boulder.
Matthew 9: 36 – 37 says, “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.'” Boulder needs prayer, but Boulder also needs laborers. As Paul said in Romans 10:13 – 15, “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful [upon the mountains] are the feet of those who preach the good news!'” [original wording from Isaiah 52:7]
I pray that UBC will not only pray FOR the laborers, but also pray TO BE the laborers & join me in Boulder when we at UBC begin our church plant.