God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. Genesis 1:5
For about six months one year I barely slept. I had terrible sinus issues and when I laid down they were exacerbated. What little sleep I got was sitting up and in short bursts. Eventually, the lack of sleep caught up to me. I was so irritable and quick to cry. After a successful surgery I, thankfully, found myself back in blissful dreamland. That time showed me how important God’s structure for us truly is.
When you think about our lives, we have many structures God created for us. Besides night and day, we have our years mapped out. For many, our days are also broken up in going to work or school and coming home, hopefully with a bit of rest in between. We count our days in school until we graduate then we take a brief rest and head off to college or jobs. Our gardens are planted for Spring and Summer harvests and take a rest while we plan and prepare for Winter. Each year we mark the end of 365 days and make a plan for something new in the next. Our birthdays mark a time to evaluate what we’ve accomplished and dream big for the future. Today, marks Sunday, the first day of the new week. It also is a day of rest and time to honor God.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1
We’ve heard the saying, “the only thing guaranteed in life is death and taxes.” But that’s not really true. We know when we lay down our head at night the morning will come. We know the cold of winter will give way to the beauty of spring. We know that each day we will get older, not younger. God’s plan, His structure for us, is like so many of His gifts to us – a comfort. And it’s a reflection of who He is — the Lord of this marvelous creation that can be counted on to be with us forever and ever.