Friday, May 5, 2017

Sun and Moon

The moon marks off the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down. Psalm 104:19 NIV

Last year, we had a very dry summer. Some people were worried about their wells going dry and farmers struggled to get enough hay for their cows.  This year, the spring has been very wet and several towns are experiencing flooding.  You can’t predict the variations that happen from year to year in the weather.  That can make the natural world seem out of control, but it’s not.  The variations are all within parameters. We’ve never had two weeks of hot weather in January, or a month of snow in July.
The Psalmist reminds us that you can depend on the seasons happening in the right order just as the moon phases are consistent.  Seasonal weather can be challenging but the seasons themselves follow the usual pattern of winter, spring, summer, fall. In the same way, the length of the days has a set pattern. Scientist can tell you how long each day will be ten, or a hundred years from now because the sun is a steady force in our universe.
Life can be messy and full of unexpected challenges, or full of unexpected pleasant surprises just like the weather, but if I keep looking to God I’ll see that some things, like the sun and moon, are totally dependable.

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