Faye Bryant

Boundaries and Seasons

Have you ever noticed that many of the psalms in the Bible talk about God’s attributes and accomplishments?

The psalmists wrote the words either as a prayer to God or a song about God.

Everything from God being a strong tower, knowing us in the womb, and protecting Israel to today’s focus verse. Nothing is too great or too small to speak in admiration of the One True and Living God.

Some folks believe in Continental Drift that says all the continents were once one huge land mass. Some Christians believe that when God banished Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden is when the continents separated. Is that the way God created it? Did He move them when sin entered into creation? I don’t know and I’m not going to speculate.

HOWEVER, I do know that scripture talks in multiple places about how God carved out the oceans, set hills and mountains, limited the seas, and here again we see where the psalmist recalls that God set the boundaries of the earth. The Amplified Bible says these boundaries are those of land masses separated from bodies of water. God set that up, they didn’t just happen. God did that so humans would have places to build, to live, to thrive.

Not only that, He made the seasons. Summer and winter. Side note: do you think maybe He only mentions those two because spring and fall are transition seasons, bringing us into these two main seasons? I don’t know, just one of those questions that wiggled through my mind.

Many of us don’t like winter, but it serves a very important purpose on this old planet! For farmers, it’s the down time for the land and for them. Oh sure, there are winter crops, but they generally don’t require the tending that the summer crops do. Many pests are killed or cut back by the cold of winter. Equipment can be repaired, restored, or replaced. The farmer who worked 16-to-20-hour days during the growing season can now take some time off, resting mind, body, soul, and spirit.

For those of us who aren’t farmers, it’s a down time of rest, too. Face it, y’all. If we didn’t have winter, we would never slow down. We would be going, going, going all the time, and we’re not designed for that.

My dad, who was born in 1923, worked on farms to help support his family. He told of being excited when the one farmer put electric lights in the barn. How wonderful to be able to turn on a switch and have light to see!

How “wonderful” to be able to work longer into the night and start earlier in the morning… he began to rethink that excitement.

Regardless what we think of boundaries or seasons, we have to marvel at the One who designed and accomplished both. The Creator who knew ahead of time exactly how we would be planned ahead for all contingencies. He even made all those things beautiful!

Maybe we should make a habit of focusing on God’s attributes more than we ask Him for things. Perhaps we should talk about all He has done and been more often. We might even get started on that today.

What is one thing you know God has done that you can’t help but be amazed by? Choose something from scripture or your own life. Let’s lift Him high today!

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