Monday, March 25, 2013

Changing of the Seasons

This morning the kids and I were singing Great is Thy Faithfulness... 

Summer, and winter, and spring time and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars, in their courses above.
Join with all nature in manifold witness,
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love...

This hymn is based on scripture, notably Lamentations 3:23-24. But, this second verse, the one with the seasons listed, is actually a loose quotation of Genesis 8:22...

While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

Faithfulness is the idea of keeping your promises. Loyal, constant, steadfast, trustworthy.

In my neck of the woods, spring is taking its merry old time to arrive. Of course, according to the calendar, spring has sprung, yet, on our first day of spring we had 6 inches of snow on the ground, plus accumulated piles, and goodly flurries.
People have been eagerly awaiting daffodils and dreaming of flip flops for over a month. Pinterest is full of spring and summer type pins.

And we all are wondering if spring will ever come...

But, do you know what is really awesome? For thousands of years, ever since Noah and the Ark, God has been keeping His promise of changing the seasons. One after another. Year after year after year.

God is faithful. Nations have arisen and then disappeared. There have been multitudes of great men. There have been catastrophic events. But still-

God is faithful. God is the same. God is keeping His promises. God is changing the seasons. 

And, once again, after a long and dark and snowy winter, hope springs anew. The robins return. The days gradually grow longer. The crocuses pop out their faces towards the spring sunshine and rain.

Spring is coming. Because God said so!

Aren't you glad?! Thank you, Lord!