Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Praise day 12

A comment from a faithful follower on a recent post really set me to thinking, and convicted me of an attitude that I needed to change. Everyone has a favorite season, ay? Some people love the springtime, when the daffodils sprout up cheerfully to welcome the newly-green leaves that are popping out on the trees, and the breeze is warmer; the world is reborn after the winter time.

Some love the summer; absolutely everything is blooming and growing, including the veggies in the gardens. The warmth of the sun is mixed in a recipe that includes thunderstorms and swimming, holiday fireworks and family picnics.

Then there are those that sigh with relief when autumn arrives. Their favorite season shows the glorious paintbrush of God, as the leaves turn from green to golden, red, purple, and more. The temperatures are brisk, and invite us to happy times around a campfire.

And there are those hardy souls who truly enjoy the winter. For them, the cold and wind are wonderful, and the possibility of a snowfall fairly fills them with glee. Of course, winter brings us the wonderful time that we humans celebrate the birth of Christ, and families gather to count their blessings.

So, what’s amiss here?

Well, perhaps I’m the only one in this study group, but I will have to admit I’ve been a complainer. Here God is, showing us the intricacies of His awesome design for creation, and I’ve been just as much a grumbler as the children of Israel in the wilderness. I really don’t like winter at all! Too cold! I don’t like it when the forecast mentions frozen precipitation, since in the Southland, it is often the freezing rain variety – ice everywhere! Autumn is pleasant, but it actually makes me a little sad, since I know winter is coming!

And there are those who complain bitterly about the summer heat – I often overhear people in the grocery store, saying they just can’t go outdoors in the summer!

And yet, if we examine things with our heads, instead of our comfort levels, we know that the summer time is vitally important to allow us time for growing crops and harvesting them. And the winter is an integral part of controlling the bug populations, since they get reduced by the cold temps. These are just two of many reasons why God created the seasons.

I guess we (me, really) need to embrace all of the seasons, and praise Him for them!


Cathy said...

Now there's an advantage to winter I never thought of..... controlling the bug population. It's cold here, and there is snow on the ground, and blowing off the roofs and deck. I'm trying very hard to think of the beauty. I'm trying very hard not to think or say complaining thoughts. I'm trying hard to praise God for the seasons, even winter. I'm praying for that change in attitude, and appreciation of all that God created...... even winter.

Linda Schrankel said...

"This Is My Father's World"

This is my Father's world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Father's world, the birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white, declare their Maker's praise.
This is my Father's world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.
This Is My Father's World
...as sung by Amy Grant
This is my Father's world. O let me ne'er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father's world: why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King; let the heavens ring!
God reigns; let the earth be glad!
This is my Father's world: He shines in all that's fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.

We received 16+ inches of snow a week ago. In Northern Wisconsin this is too much too early. My family worked 26 hours straight combining corn and trying to prepare for the storm. Yet, through it all I had a huge compliment given to me. The next day at school a teacher came to me to say she was looking at the weather through Linda's eyes. On Facebook I post pictures of the changing seasons as the view from my kitchen window.

The Lord has created it all for us. I may not be able to find his reason when the temp is -25 degrees for several days. I know that in his scope. It is temporary!

Praise the Lord!

Austin Towers said...

In a fallen world there has to be seasons. I think before the fall there was a temperate climate all the time. You are right the seasons are here to help regulate and control. When there is no more sin, there will be no need for seasons. hugs, Caro x PS I still prefer warmer, but not hot, weather lol ;)

Belinda said...

I have to admit that I usually enjoy the change in seasons....but usually I'm soooo ready for the change because I'm tired of the current season. There are parts of each that I love though, so maybe I'm not so bad. :)