Though the calendar tells us that the first day of spring is three weeks away, the coming of March tomorrow makes us feel that spring is imminent. Seasons remind us that God is in charge of our world. Spring reminds us that we can’t make one blade of grass shoot up from the ground or cause one tulip blossom to open.
One night last week our friend Garth encouraged us to look up into the nighttime sky where several planets were in view at once. Ray and I found Venus just minutes before it disappeared behind the horizon. As we gazed northeast from the sliver of the moon, we saw Mars, looking red as it reflected the light of the distant sun. With the help of a star-identifying phone app, we were able to identify a cluster of stars as Pleiades.
God tells us about the role of the lights in the heavens in giving us Earth’s seasons.
“Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens
to separate the day from the night,
and let them be for signs and for seasons
and for days and years;
and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens
to give light on the earth”; and it was so.
Psalms tell us:
He made the moon for the seasons;
The sun knows the place of its setting.
The prophet Amos tells us Who made the Pleiades, Who controls night and day, and Who sends us rain.
He who made the Pleiades and Orion
And changes deep darkness into morning,
Who also darkens day into night,
Who calls for the waters of the sea
And pours them out on the surface of the earth,
The Lord is His name.
In His wisdom, God created the seasons to sustain life on His third planet from the sun. He promised Noah:
“While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
And cold and heat,
And summer and winter,
And day and night
Shall not cease.”
In addition to the seasons that we experience each year, the people God created in His image experience seasons in our lives. Each of those seasons is also a gift from God. Today I hope you will enjoy and share the last in our Winter Cheer series. This very special video is called “Seasons.” Look and listen for a special musical treat starting about midway through.