Saturday, August 8, 2015

The call to repentance in the earth’s rotation

spinning earth photo: Earth Spinning Earth-spinning.gif

Recently I was thinking about the symbolism of days in the scriptures, analyzing it, and I thought to myself, “What phenomena creates a day’s time?” and of course the answer was, the rotation of the earth away from the sun and then toward the sun.

It hit me that that motion of turning away from and toward the sun in such a short period of time is a great physical analog for man’s spiritual condition—prone to wander, turning away from God, then to turn back when we find ourselves in darkness.

One thing is different though. It is a good thing the earth doesn’t stop turning and face the sun and stay; one side of the earth would get baked and the other side would freeze. But what would happen if we faced Christ and never turned away?  We might worry we’d wither under the weight of His glorious demands, but will we really?  Surely not. He will help us grow to meet them.

Another message lies in the difference between our perspective on earth versus what is really happening astronomically.  It looks to us like the sun is rising in the sky, then falling and leaving. It looks like the sun is moving toward us, then away. But in actuality, it is us turning toward or away from the sun.  In the same way, when we turn away from Christ, it seems as if God is leaving us, but it is always us doing the leaving.  But our perspective blinds us to what is really happening.

So when the day starts, ask yourself how you are going to turn to the Son of God, Jesus Christ, today. When the day ends, ask yourself what you need to repent of, and then turn to God quickly before you have to fall into a spiritual midnight.

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Rozy Lass said...

Great insights! Especially coordinated with verses from the Book of Mormon, such as "And thus we see, that there was a time granted unto man to repent, yea, a probationary time, a time to repent and serve God." (Alma 42:4)

It really is true that everything testifies of Jesus Christ and the Plan of Salvation.

Michaela Stephens said...

Yes, it is neat to find how some of the most simple things testify of Christ and the plan of salvation.