Iyov Thirty-Nine: Nature

“Do you know the time for the mountain goats to give birth? Do you wait for the hinds to calve (Job 39:1)?” On the surface level, the answer to this question, at least for me, is an obvious no. I’m a decidedly less than outdoorsy person, and my experience with farm animals, or really any kind of wildlife, is zero. But on a deeper level, I think the question posed is more about understanding the rhythms of nature more than the specific life cycle of certain animals. It’s sad that we’re all removed from the cycles of time, seasons, and even fertility that so many generations understood and had wisdom of. In a small way, by pledging to spend more time outside this year, I hope to regain some of this knowledge, by paying more attention to the seasons and the realities of nature.

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