Many in the mid United States are tired of the windy cold and snow. Yes, it’s been cold. The picture above is of a September day in Rocky Mountain National Park. The sun shone off and on, and it was a fairly warm day. Some of those trees are young, some are old, and some are lying on the ground. Trees, people, and seasons all come and go.
It won’t be Winter forever.
A generation goes, and a generation comes,
but the earth remains forever.
The sun rises, and the sun goes down,
and hastens to the place where it rises.
The wind blows to the south
and goes around to the north;
around and around goes the wind,
and on its circuits the wind returns…
What has been is what will be,
and what has been done is what will be done,
and there is nothing new under the sun…
[Nonetheless, God] has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.
— Ecclesiastes 1:4-6, 9; 3:11, ESV.
Be it people or seasons or any other natural beauty, may God grant to all of us the ability to enjoy everything that is beautiful in its time, today.
We know how to interpret the signs of the seasons of earth. When the leaves change, the temperatures drop, and the geese start heading south; we know that Autumn is here and Winter will soon arrive.
How is it that we cannot interpret the signs of the seasons of man? Our financial system is based on faith in the value of money and on trust that others will keep their word. Trust is what makes our economy run smooth and strong. So when greed becomes our motto and money our idol, should we be surprised when certain sectors of our financial system face collapse?
The time is coming when Christ will return, so learn to interpret the signs of the seasons of man: Before the end,
many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.
– Matthew 24.