Life will go on until his return
Spring has finally come to Newborn.
The sunshine and rains are bringing everything into bloom, and yesterday the inevitable finally happened — I had to mow the grass.
We have a 1966 John Deere riding lawn mower and it does its best to pull my 210 pounds and to keep the blade turning. It isn’t very fast.
Occasionally there is a loud pop as the engine backfires, as if it is saying, “Put me back in the shed.”
Driving around and around I was thinking about how constant the seasons are, just as God said they would be.
There is a lot of talk today about global warming.
On the internet last month there were pictures of the breakup of the Wilkins Ice Shelf, a 5,300 squaremile Antarctic ice peninsula (about 1/10 of the size of Georgia) that has now become a bunch of icebergs.
To hear some people speak of it, you would think that the ice melting is a sign that life on Earth is soon to be over. In fact, last year when NBC’s Matt Lauer was introducing a story on global warming he said, “It could be the end of the world as we know it.” I don’t think so. The one who has seen the future said, “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease” (Genesis 8:22).
In other words, global warming or not, life is going to continue, the seasons will come and go, in the spring the rains will return, the sun will shine, and we will still have to cut the grass.
That is … until we come to the end of the story.
Someday the Lord will return and this era of human history will be over. Jesus said that it would come without warning, while the world is going about business as usual. “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark” (Matthew 24:36-38).
Global warming — maybe humanity can slow it, maybe we can’t, maybe it is simply a fluctuation in the planetary weather cycle.
Maybe we should just say the words of this familiar prayer, “ God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things that should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other” 1934).
But as to the real end of the world as we know it, how would you live differently if we were indeed at the end of the age and Jesus was to return today at sunset?
Forget global warming, here is something to worry about.
( Reinhold Niebuhr,