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For The Love of Fall

Updated: Sep 22, 2021

Good morning. It is Monday, September 20, 2021

I love this time of year! The first rain in months. Turning the heater on for the first time since late Spring. Dusting off my boots. Wearing my slippers and robe. The migrating birds have left or are on their way south. School is back in session and students in their new outfits wait at bus stops in the early morning chill. Thoughts of hot coco, corn stalks and pumpkins replace plans to picnic at the beach and raft the river. I love fall!

God did not have to give us seasons. He could have designed this world to function properly without seasons.

I think, now this is just me thinking, God gave us seasons for our enjoyment. Yes, the winter’s snow high in the mountains becomes summer’s rivers. Autumn’s fallen leaves become compost and nutrients for the trees and plants. There certainly is thought in the design of seasons, but more so, I think, God gave us seasons for the very reason I am writing about it this morning. Because it feels good. It looks good. It smells good. It even tastes good.

Our senses come alive with the changing colors of leaves; red, yellow, orange, brown, even purple. What was once green is now vividly changing colors before releasing its grasp on the tree limb it clung to all summer. Soon those trees will become stark skeletons, shivering in the cold as the air around us becomes crisp and fresh.

New tastes are finishing up in the garden…pumpkins and squash, carrots, beets, parsnips, and many types of lettuce. Cabbage and peas and Swiss chard all become yummy soups and salads and pies. I love Fall!

We were taught in school that earth’s tilted axis is what causes the seasons. Science is not sure why the earth spins on a slant. They theorize that when earth was young it was hit by a giant asteroid that knocked the earth out of line. But we know an all-powerful Creator God made it that way.

The Bible does not mention specifically that the earth is tilted on its axis, but it does mention some wonderful things about the earth that were contrary to the ‘science’ of the day.

One example is that when the Old Testament was written it was believed the earth was flat. However, Isaiah described God as sitting “upon the circle of the earth” Isaiah 40:22 NKJV

I wrote last week about expressions and how many of our common every-day sayings get their origin from the Bible. You no doubt have heard the expression “to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders”. That saying comes from the Greek myth of Atlas. The popular thought when the Bible was written was that the earth sat on the back of Atlas or other similar means of support. Yet the Book of Job said that “He stretches out the north over empty space; He hangs the earth on nothing” Job 26:7 NKJV

Let us give credit where credit is due! Our God is an awesome God.

"For thus says the Lord,

Who created the heavens,

Who is God,

Who formed the earth and made it,

Who has established it,

Who did not create it in vain,

Who formed it to be inhabited:

“I am the Lord, and there is no other.” - Isaiah 45:18 NKJV

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