A couple of weeks ago, we said our goodbyes to the summer and ushered in the fall season, complete with its cooler temperatures (except in my state of Louisiana, where it is still hot)! Many of us enjoy this time of year, as the leaves take on beautiful hues and we begin to make preparations for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The smells of pumpkin and spices permeate the air and we are lulled down memory lane as we reflect on the pastimes of years long gone.
The changing of seasons in nature is an expected occurrence and it catches none of us by surprise. But what about the changes that come in the seasons of our personal lives? While they do not occupy a space on any of our calendars, we can be sure that, just as summer gives way to fall, we will transition from one season into the next in our spiritual walk. How do we manage the changes?
The good news is that, though the seasons in our lives may change, God never does. He is the same today as He was yesterday and will be forever. If we hold to His unchanging hand, we will be able to move through our circumstances (whatever they may be) knowing that we have a constant Help at our side. As His children, God has promised to be with us always.
If you find yourself in an uncomfortable transition right now, seek the Lord and His guidance. Is there a lesson you need to learn? Is He preparing you and making you ready for the next level? Whatever it is that He desires of you and for you in this season, don’t miss it. Pray, pray, and pray some more.
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8 NKJV)
Personally, I am a creature of habit and sometimes find it difficult to embrace change. What I am learning, however, is that few things in life ever stay the same and we must be ready and willing to make adjustments accordingly. Real growth and maturation does not happen in our comfort zones; we must be willing to step out on faith and embrace the changing of seasons as an opportunity to grow our faith in our faithful God. View each season (pleasant or unpleasant) as a chance to learn more about God and to deepen your relationship with Him.
Seasons come and go; there are good times and there are bad times. But God is good all the time and we need only trust in Him and rest assured that He will not change. Praise the Lord at all times and in all seasons!