Psalm 145.1-5 and an Ethnobotanist

I will exalt you, my God and King,
     and praise your name forever and ever.
I will praise you every day;
     yes, I will praise you forever.
Great is the lord! He is most worthy of praise!
     No one can measure his greatness.
Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts;
     let them proclaim your power.
I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor
     and your wonderful miracles.
[Psalm 145:1-5 New Living Translation]

I’m not sure how long this season of hovering in Psalm 145 will last, but it has begun and feels like it will last for a bit longer at least. Today I’ve asked myself what it looks like for me to choose, each day & each moment to exalt and praise, to proclaim and meditate.


In asking God to help me walk in this obedience, I have asked him to help me see the majesty, the glory, the splendor, the miracles. I have asked him to restore my ability to wonder with abandon and hope. Now, if you would have told me that his response to me would involve fungi and arachnids, I would have laughed aloud. Neither of those are on my favorite things list.

And then someone on Facebook posts this video of Mark Plotkin, an ethnobotanist, talking about why ethnobotanists like himself do not read science fiction. I receive this as a gift from God tonight. A nudge toward wonder.

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