Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Scripture Thursday ~ Times and Seasons

And He changes the times and the seasons;
He removes kings and raises up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wise
And knowledge to those who have understanding.

Daniel 2:21 NKJV

New England is defined by its colorful fall foliage.  I live in Maine and the magnificence of the fall season is shown when the leaves of the trees turn shades of reds, yellows, gold, and even purple, before they fall to the ground.

I have recently been anticipating a visit from my sister and brother in law who I haven’t seen in a year.  They are traveling from New Mexico and picked this time of year so my brother in law could photograph some of the spectacular foliage. 

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Obviously, it’s God’s creation that changes the colors of the leaves and bares the trees before the winter season, but not surprisingly, there is a scientific explanation for why the leaves change color in the fall.  I like to visualize it as the hand of God creating another masterpiece for the entire world to enjoy.

I vaguely remember from high school science class that it had something to do with the chlorophyll in the leaves.  I decided to research the subject and here’s what I found out:

Chlorophyll is a green pigment in the leaves that absorbs red and blue light from the sun. The shortening days and cooler nights that fall brings, interfere with the process and cause the chlorophyll to break down.  When this happens, the green colors of the leaves fade, causing some to turn yellow, others red, purple or maroon.

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As this verse tells us, God is in control of the times and seasons.  There’s a reason for everything He does, even if it’s just for our pleasure. We’re also told that he is sovereign, which means he is in total control of everything happening in this universe. 

No matter what may happen in this world, He is in ultimate control. As you witness every day, the creation functions as God intended, with the exception of mankind and that is because we have a free will. God wants us to use our free will to accept and follow his plan for our lives.  Just look at how well it works out for the creation and all its interdependent relationships.  We serve an awesome and wonderful God worthy of our wholehearted devotion and trust.

Free vintage postcard ~ Catherine Klein

This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.
This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.

Hymn ~ This is My Father’s World
Maltbie D. Babcock, 1901

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13 comments:

Jen said...

Enjoy your blog. I'd love to have you as a follower as well. I've added the follower gadget at the end of my blog. Thanks. ~Jen

Karen Letchworth said...

Hi Abby! This is so pretty, and reminds me of being back up North this time of year. I know the leaves must be just beautiful where you are. I do miss that a lot. Hope you and your hubby are doing well. I miss our chats, and always enjoy visiting your sweet blog so that I can stop and pray for you.
Blessings,
Karen L
Word Art Wednesday

Karen Letchworth said...

Hi Abby! This is so pretty, and reminds me of being back up North this time of year. I know the leaves must be just beautiful where you are. I do miss that a lot. Hope you and your hubby are doing well. I miss our chats, and always enjoy visiting your sweet blog so that I can stop and pray for you.
Blessings,
Karen L
Word Art Wednesday

Anne said...

Thank Abby for another beautiful post! I look forward to my Thursday mornings when I can read a blessing from the Lord and see some gorgeous artwork and photos. If you ever want to find more answers as to why leaves turn colour or anything else, then may I suggest www.creation.com as a starting place. Thank you for the warmth and love this morning.

MaxineD said...

Thank you Abby for sharing the beauty in your corner of the world, and for sharing your thoughts based on God's Word - you are a great encouragement.
Blessings
Maxine

Vee said...

Such beauty and such beautiful thoughts. I have awakened grumbly for which I have been properly chastened. God is doing a great thing and I have no reason to feel low. Have a lot of fun with your company! They must be arriving soon if they are not already there.

TLady said...

BEAUTIFUL IMAGES Abby!!! Our leaves haven't quite turned here yet! I look forward to when they do change! :) Have fun with your family!

Carole Robb Bisson said...

The picture is heartwarming. It reminds me of the fall we spent at Cedar Lake QC. The reflection of the foliage in the water doubled the beauty. The cards are breathtaking.Blessings Carole

Natalie said...

Oh that first image is breathtaking! Gorgeous picture! Thanks for sharing! Hugs to you!!

MyJourneyBack said...

Oh thank you for sharing this. What a beautiful fall post reminding us who made this beautiful time of year. Thanks for sharing.
Have a Blessed Weekend,
Sherry

Shoregirl said...

Wow -- beautiful pictures of fall foliage! It still feels like summer here, but I hear the temps are to drop tomorrow. I'm ready for some fall weather-- my favorite season!
Love the song you printed here -- This Is My Father's World --- it's one of my favorites!

Judith said...

What beauty in Maine!! Such vibrancy in the color of your Fall. Our leaves just don't have the depth of color this year...but it is still pretty. Your prints a beautiful too.

Thanks for linking up over at WholeHearted Home this past week. I hope to see you tomorrow as it is linkup time again!!

Jacqueline@ Deeprootsathome.com said...

Abby, you are also a nature lover, (oops! we are Creator lovers!!) Lol
I love how you tied in the scientific reason for the colors of leaves changing. Someday I trust the Lord may show us all these grand truths in heaven for our enjoyment and amazement! won't that be something else!? Thanks for linking-up, dearie!