Ultimately

“While the earth remains,

Seedtime and harvest,

Cold and heat,

Winter and summer,

And day and night

Shall not cease.”

Genesis 8:22

A hundred-year old record was broken here this week. A record for cold. The leaves, many of which are still green, froze solid on the trees. A bird, seeking warmth, flew into the house via the chimney. My husband’s search for warm gloves turned up eight meant for the left hand and one for the right. It looked like the right failed match any of the lefts.

We weren’t ready for this.

Many miles away this same cold front is dropping snow on massive wildfires that surround a city. A friend posted photos today of steaming earth where threatening flames roared the day before. She joyfully expressed thankfulness.

Sometimes it’s hard to understand what on earth is going on. While I mourn the death of the last of my pretty little flowers, I rejoice with my friend for answered prayer and preservation of something much bigger.

Today this passage in Genesis showed up where I was not expecting to see it. I appreciate the reminder. While we need to change our exploitive ways and take responsibility for tending the earth and its resources well, ultimately God is the one who created its intricate workings. He is the one who holds it all together. He’s got this.

4 thoughts on “Ultimately

  1. Lois Martin

    I heartily agree, Charis! Let’s all look to the Bible for the godly response to every circumstance. It is filled with hope and confidence based on the character and actions of our great, glorious, and loving heavenly Father!!!

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  2. Kristina

    Ah, I was wondering if there was some reason for this cold spell. I’ve got my flowers covered; it should be okay for them after this, I think. Thanks for the perspective–I hadn’t thought about it putting out fires. And yes, while we need to take care of our earth, it is God who will heal the land.

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