In my “Understanding the Creation” project, I learned how our Purposeful Designer set the earth’s tilt from the vertical at 23 and ½ degrees to orchestrate, through our 12 month year, a varying exposure to the sun. You see, as the earth travels it’s circle around the sun – at one point, say what we call “winter”, we get less direct sun and less daylight. At six months later we get the opposite – more direct sun and more daylight – we call it “summer”.
Scientists explain it like this – for Washington, DC, specifically, for instance:
Winter: Winter Solstice: December 21: First day of winter: shortest day of sunlight
Sunrise 7:23 AM; sunset 4:49 PM; daylight 9 hours and 23 minutes
Spring: Vernal Equinox: March 21: First day of spring: sun over the Equator
Sunrise 7:10 AM; sunset 7:21 PM; daylight 12 hours and 11 minutes
Summer: Summer solstice: June 21: First day of summer: longest day of sunlight
Sunrise 5:43 AM; sunset 8:38 PM; daylight 14 hours and 54 minutes
Fall: Autumnal Equinox: September 21: First day of fall: sun over the Equator
Sunrise 6:55 AM; sunset 7:07 PM; daylight 12 hours and 12 minutes
I studied the graphics, and I know how it works. God purposefully created the seasonal changes that benefit all of us in so many ways! Happy results -skiing in the winter and swimming in the summer are just a couple that I can think of. More important, the heat of summer allows food production in our gardens and for commercial purposes. Most plants need the winter cold to go dormant so they can produce seed that will germinate in the spring.
The changing seasons are part of the Creator’s purposeful master plan.
Wonderful! But I still didn’t grasp God’s perfection in guiding everything in our universe! Year after year, He keeps all incredibly precise – on schedule – just because He can.
Look at the chart. Did you know of that precision? Have you thought about our Purposeful Designer’s unchanging guidance over things? Every day – every year.
Then, have you thought about how He also guides your life and body functions with an equal amount of loving power and perfection – second after second - year after year?
Psalm 136:8 “The sun to govern the day, His love endures forever”.
Here I am doing a demonstration at a recent workshop.
The concept for this comment was taken from the book, "Purposeful Design--Understanding the Creation", Chapter 4, The Fourth Day, the Suns' Rays and the Earths' Tilt.
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