Thankful for seasons A few mornings last week I would have thought winter was here if everything still wasn’t so green. Or, was it just one me that noticed everything went from 80 plus to 47 degrees. I do love the fall but it seems the more years that pass, the more I pay attention to the cold. I think all the seasons we have here in East Tennessee are beautiful. The first time you find season in the Bible is in Genesis 1:4 in the creation story. “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and for years.” God even guaranteed us the seasons in Genesis 18:22, after Noah made a sacrifice to God after they came safely off of the Ark. “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” How many of us could be as Paul was? In Acts 14:17 He was preaching about the goodness of God, “…he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and faithful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.” No matter what Paul went through he never failed to give God the highest praise. He wrote in I Thessalonians 4 and 5 about a season we should be looking for Verses 16 and 17 proclaim, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (I Thessalonians 4:16-17) I Thessalonians 5:1-2 mentions how aware we should be of this season when the Lord will appear. “But of the times and seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves known perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.” Verses 5-11 tells us we are children of light and of the day: we are not of the night; nor of darkness. We are to comfort ourselves together and edify one another. What a thought. It overwhelms me when I consider how God provided for nature and the seasons. How anyone could not believe in God is beyond. Psalms 104 starts with: “Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honor and majesty: Who covereth thyself with light as a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain. Who layereth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind (104:1-3). Who laid the foundations of the earth that it should not be removed forever (verse 5). Read all of Psalm chapter 104, it is too lengthy to include it all but verse 19 reads; “He appointed the moons for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down. This only makes me know and realize for sure that no matter what takes place in world situations, god is in control of the future. Our hope lies in looking to Him, believing his word and watching for His soon appearing. God Bless.