And even though we are still in the dog days, we can still sense the earliest signs of the coming change of seasons. While we don't have an autumn like those of you up north (our trees turn from green to brown directly with little color change in between), the slightly less direct sun rays and the shorter span of daylight brings a different hue to the sky. Even the sycamores start changing in mid to late August and the grass just starts growing a little slower. The morning sunrise and the evening sunset has a softer look, with the pastels of the clouds less dramatic but nevertheless beautiful.
So as I think about Florida and the other places I have lived in my life, while each is different, they all share the experience of change, be it dramatic or subtle. And it makes me think of all the hype and nonsense about climate change that the social extremists talk about. We've had climate change or global warming or cooling since the beginnings of the earth and no matter what man does or doesn't do, it will continue as part of the nature of things in God's creation. We can't control it, there is very little we can do to change it, and since man is a very part of the environment it is just a way of life. Oh, we need to nurture and be careful in our use of God's earth, but to think that human beings have to power to alter God's rules of nature in any dramatic way is just nonsense.
Maybe a better way to look at it is just this simple way. The seasons come and go and we have very little impact. But the warmth and light of the sun, when it is altered by nature, is dramatic as can be the impact of a huge hurricane or even a massive volcanic eruption. Nothing we can do can match that short of a nuclear holocaust. And also remember this: when was the last time that your weather forecast for a five day period was spot on accurate? Not very often, yet we think we can predict a hundred years from now accurately based on man created computer models. Preposterous.
And while we have so much to learn, sadly our egos often overrule our common sense. Let's get back to real and what is doable and with God's help, we can let those things beyond our control take care of themselves. Enjoy your day and God bless. Take a little time to stop, look and listen at what goes on in nature around you; you'll surely learn something valuable and you'll be glad you did.