For example, there have been several recessions and recoveries in the last 120 years. In the 1890s the world was coming out of a recession that had hit Australia's wool industry badly; the Great Depression of 1929 lasted several years; the 1987 bust hit Australia, and now the 2008 Global Financial Crisis is still having repercussions.
The same thing can be said for the housing market. Recently, M V Tronson saw a chart on a television documentary that illustrated how the Netherlands housing market has had a series of ups and downs since way back in the 1500s.
On a shorter time-scale, he himself has seen huge volatility in Australia, in the Gold Coast housing market near where he lives.
The nature of the changes in climate may also follow cyclical patterns, and it will not be known within our lifetime whether man-made pollution has had an effect, or whether it is part of a longer-term cycle.
M V Tronson points to the Bible, where Ecclesiastes (KJV) states:
3:1 "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven". The verses 3.1-3, 8 were made popular when they were set to music in 1952 by Pete Seeger in his song 'Turn!, Turn!, Turn!'
He has noted that 'fashions' also follow a cyclical pattern, and one of these fashions is the nature of Christian evangelism.
The great historical revivals that many today yearn for are cyclical in nature. The Jonathan Edwards inspired revival in the late 1700s in America, the Wesley brothers (John and Charles) in both the UK and the USA, the Welsh Revival of the early 1900s, the Billy Graham Crusade movement of the 1960s and on and on.
The Pentecostal movement is another cyclical illustration of the Holy Spirit doing something very special in the life of the Christian Church is the later half of last century; yet the Montanists of the second century had held these Pentecostal views.
Likewise how the first half of that century was influenced by futurism (teaching on the Second Coming of Jesus Christ) whereas the Puritans a century and a half earlier had emphasised 'Holiness' which was captured by the Kessick movement after WWII.
Mark Tronson says that his late mentor, the Reverend F P McMaster MBE who was Minister at Canberra Baptist Church for 29 years, spoke into his heart in the early 1980s when he initiated the Sports and Leisure Ministry. "Take the long view" was his wise counsel.