There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens. Ecclesiastes 3:1
One hour more. One hour added to the day that will be taken back in the spring. It is not a gift that is lasting. However, the time that God provides is ours….for eternity. When God gives it to us with our first breath, it is not taken away in another season. If we believe that death is the end of our individual nature we are ignoring the signs all around us that speak hope.
Eternity is difficult to thing about , to rationalize or explain. Science now talks about the expandable universe moving away from us at incredible speed and the “observable” universe holds about two trillion galaxies. Google it! It can make your head spin.
Everything in creation reflects the idea of eternity in simple ways and I don’t know about you but this gives me hope. This time of the year especially reflects the unending circle and cycle of the seasons. Here in the northeast ( and the southeast where I write today) as days naturally shorten the air cools and leaves turn showing incredible beauty right before they fall to the ground. No longer connected to their source of life the tree, they begin their decay. The tree though is now fed with the leaves it surrendered to the earth and waits through the chill of winter for renewed spring growth. For everything there is a season. Seed bearing plants also display this cycle of growth and change to new life.
Years ago wildfires claimed hundreds of acres in the Pine Barrens of Long Island. I remember a well-meaning but distraught person coming to the door of my home imploring me to buy a t-shirt to re-plant the trees. A noble and caring action but I explained to her that this wasn’t necessary. When the ash blows away in the wind and the soft floor of the earth is exposed to the rain and sun, long ago dropped pine cones re-seeded the woods. They claimed their space to root and rise to a new forest. She may have thought me cheap however the woods are growing today.
The most beautiful display of eternity is relationship. The workings of nature where chemical compounds that can exist separately will combine to create substance. Oxygen and hydrogen creating water which life could not exist without and we are filled with! Procreation in living things except in a few rare instances, takes two. Earthworms are multi sexual and an interesting piece of a future topic. Even our individual bodies require other living microbes to best function in wellness and wholeness. And when we are in relationship with God, the creator of all that is, our whole individual being changes to with an eternal hope. Even God (in my personal belief and theology) is in relationship as Creator, Son and Holy Spirit. We have the welcome to invite God to dwell within us through the Holy Spirit eternally.
As winter nears and daylight hours limit their offering of warmth we can rest in the hope of spring even though we will “spring ahead” and lose the hour we enjoyed yesterday. This cycle of seasons in nature and in our lives is held in the Creators hands. Our part is to live fully into whatever season we are in, trusting God with our lives in loving relationship with Him and one another.
“A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so also you must love one another”. Romans 12:10
Blessings of Peace, Joy and Love in Christ