Words from the Heart for Monday May 7th, 2018
He covers the face of the full moon, and spreads over it his cloud. He has described a circle on the face of the waters, at the boundary between light and darkness.
Job 26:9-10 (NRSV)
Light and Darkness
While people still believed the popular conclusion that the earth was flat, the Word of God in the book of Job was already declaring that the earth was round. Ultimately science caught up with the Word! The next time you look at a beautiful sunset or see a majestic full moon, stop and consider our amazing Creator. He made it all.
If you want a truly Canadian experience, plan on being in Inuvik in the Northwest Territories next January 4-6. Every December the sun sets for the last time below the horizon, and after nearly 30 days of darkness the return of the sun is celebrated at the annual Inuvik Sunrise Festival. Local food, dance, music and winter activities, including snow carving and sno-pitch, are all part of the spectacle. On Saturday night the party continues the festivities with a giant bonfire and an incredible display of fireworks.
Here in the northern hemisphere, the amount of daylight is increasing by a little bit each day as we move towards the summer solstice in June. Meanwhile, in the southern hemisphere, winter is approaching. Ever since God spoke the world into being, the world has worked this way. He sets the seasons in place and has measured the light and the darkness. Job 26:9-10 says, “He covers the face of the full moon, and spreads over it his cloud. He has described a circle on the face of the waters, at the boundary between light and darkness.” Until the invention of the incandescent lightbulb, life was lived according to the rising and setting of the sun. God had designed us to need sleep, and so He provided both the day and the night. There was a natural rhythm to life that was healthy and natural. The result of living with 24 hours of light is that people are chronically sleep deprived. It isn’t healthy and it causes all sorts of physical and relational issues. God calls His people to get the rest we need.
These have been words from the heart.