In creation we see the periodic pattern of God’s ways and works. These cycles are instrumental to our spiritual growth (our glorification in him). One of the most repeated cycles in the creation story is “and there was evening, and there was morning.” What does it reveal to us? It reveals that God is a God of repetition; he never gets tired of doing the same things over again. Actually, I believe he rejoices over each and every sunrise.
God has designed the earth with cyclical patterns. And only as his creation submits to these cyclical patterns will it grow fruitful. Continual light will not cause a tree to grow. It needs a balance of day and night. Similarly, without seasons, many plants would not grow.
What can we learn from these continual patterns? We should never tire of the repetitiveness of doing God’s work. Remember the word of hope given to the Galatians: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9). It is easy for us to get weary in the sameness of life and constancy of the moral struggle. But there is a harvest for those who continually sow, water and guard their lives.
Moreover, we should continually rejoice that each morning his mercies are new. Each morning is an opportunity to soak in the dew of his Spirit and feast on his Word. Each night is a time for us to rest in his goodness and love—to reflect on our works and cease from our activity—to let God do his work. Night is the time of growth. The young person grows––unbeknownst to himself––in darkness, quietness and solitude. Only through the passage of time, when we look back, do we realize a young person has grown. Growth in the soul is also incremental and unnoticeable to the human eye. Only later (in comparison) can we see the change.
God is a God who has set patterns, a set way. He has created us to continually behold his glory and in doing so to delve into deeper deaths of self and rise into higher heights of his life. After Paul’s initial encounter with Christ, he never stopped gazing at the Lord’s glory. 2 Corinthians 3:18 states: “And we all, who with unveiled faces behold and reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed [transfigured] into his image with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Cor. 3:18).
Prayer: Father, help me to understand your way of growth, a way that involves both darkness and light. I want to find you in every time and season. May I have faith that I am growing if I am walking with you. I may not see the growth, but it’s happening. Today, let me behold your glory.