As Long As the Earth Endures

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Genesis 8:22 –  “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” (NIV 1984)

My Musings – It’s been a “long” winter here in the Midwest, as a seemingly continuous cycle of heavy snow, followed by freezing rain followed by record cold spells has marked the “winter of our discontent.”  Like many other things in life, our current circumstances have a tendency to overshadow our past experiences.  For example, the last several winters have been fairly mild.  Before that, we’ve had colder weather and deeper snows.  But spring has always followed winter.  Flowers will bloom again and summer will be here once again. We’ll forget about the winter weather and begin to complain about the heat (“well, it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity).  And the debate about climate change will rage once again.
We’ve been visiting my son this weekend, and our thoughts have turned to a different type of season as we reminisced about the past and about how quickly time passes. As our son enters late spring (he’s almost to the mid-point of “three-score and ten”) and we face the autumn of our life (I know it’s autumn because the “leaves” are turning color – not to vibrant reds and yellows, but to gray).
And so it goes.  The seasons of weather/climate and the seasons of life – but only “as long as the earth endures.
My Advice – Jesus admonished us about being adept at reading the weather signs but missing the signs of His return.  How much longer this earth will endure is a matter of much debate. The certainty of His return is not.  Are you ready for harvest time?

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