The longest day in the year was last Friday. The sun rose around 6:30am and set just before 9:00pm. That gave us about fourteen and a half hours of sunlight that day. With the passing of Summer Solstice every passing day of sunlight will begin to get shorter and shorter. Longer days and more outdoor activity is one of the reasons why summer is one of the best parts of any year.
What was the longest day in history? The longest day we have recorded in Bible history is the day when the “sun stood still” for about a whole day. Yes, the sun stood still when Israel was in battle with the Canaanite nation of Amalek. The Bible says, “At that time Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord gave the Amorites over to the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, ‘Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.’ And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? The sun stopped in the midst of heaven and did not hurry to set for about a whole day. There has been no day like it before or since, when the Lord heeded the voice of a man, for the Lord fought for Israel,” Joshua 10:12-14.
Days can often be measured, not in the time the sun shines in the sky, but by how circumstances and events of life distress us. Struggles can often turn nights into sleepless days of worry, often of things over which we have little control. Obsessions not only lengthen days, but can shorten lives because of stress.