Seasons and Faithfulness

 

Williams Falls in the spring, Carson National Forest, New Mexico

Williams Falls in the spring, Carson National Forest, New Mexico

In the beginning of the world, God set out time.  He created seasons to mark time and to prove His faithfulness through the years.

 

Small waterfall in Barnes Gully, New York

Small waterfall in Barnes Gully, New York

“And God said, “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 of days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light to the earth.” And it was so.” (Genesis 1:14-15).

Sunrise on the South Mt. Elbert Trail, Colorado

Sunrise on the South Mt. Elbert Trail, Colorado

In Acts, Paul reiterates this promise, “[God] did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruit in season…” (Acts 14:17)

Sun through the storm clouds near the Valley of Dreams East, New Mexico

Sun through the storm clouds near the Valley of Dreams East, New Mexico

The seasons remind us of God’s faithfulness and His promises.  At their core, the changing of a season brings us back to God’s promise to Noah: “Never again will I destroy all living beings, as I have done.  As long as the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, will never cease.” (Genesis 8:21b-22)

In a field of grasses on the island of Holden Beach, North Carolina

In a field of grasses on the island of Holden Beach, North Carolina

But more in our daily lives, changing seasons are a reminder of God’s promises to us, individually as well as collectively.  He has given each one of us promises that He fully plans to fulfill: “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven [and surely make the crops grow], so also will be the word that I speak – it will not fail to do what I plan for it.” (Isaiah 55:10-11)

Fields of grain near the Genesee Valley Greenway, New York

Fields of grain near the Genesee Valley Greenway, New York

What promises has God given each of us, specifically or through the Bible?  Remember those things as winter turns to spring in many parts of the country, or as the winter stretches long.  Remember that, even though it seems a bit delayed, God is fully intending to fulfill His promises to you and has put seasons in place to remind us of His faithfulness to the end.