Happy New Year!
As we turn the calendar, yet another year goes by.
Time is amazing. Twenty four hours form a day, days form months, months make up years. The years come and go, and so we move through history.
Time is very much integrated with our climate.
The sun and moon were placed in the heavens to govern the day and the night. It is the earth’s rotation and its cycle around around the sun that make up our days, our years, and our seasons.
A psalmist says about God, “The day is yours, and yours also the night; you established the sun and moon. It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.” Psalm 74:16-17
The sun is integral for life on earth. It warms the earth and allows for all plants to grow and causes evaporation of water and cloud formation, further allowing a delivery of water around the globe (see Climate Series No. 4 – Clouds).
Turning the calendar marks yet another year where the seasons continued because God said they would.
The sun rises everyday (or shall I say, the earth rotates to give it that appearance), because God said so. Otherwise, how could we even be sure of this?
Seasons look different in different parts of the world, but the seasons continue nonetheless. And it is within the seasons that God provides the conditions for us to be able to grow all of our food or harvest from nature what He has caused to grow. Praise God for His provision! This too is not left to random chance, but comes from a God who provides…from a God who promised it would be so.
After the great flood, God promised to Noah in Genesis 8:22,
“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”
This all-encompassing promise includes our climate. It too is in God’s hands. We need not fear as He gives us yet another year.