Read Ecclesiastes 3:1-11; Psalm 23
ALSO IN SCRIPTURE
“Both day and night belong to You; You made the starlight and the sun. You set the boundaries of the earth, and You made both summer and winter.” (Psalms 74:16-17)
Well, summer vacation is totally over and the season of summer is coming to an end. The leaves are already beginning to change and some of them have already fallen. Any one who knows me knows that I LOVE the fall. The smell of wood burning emanating from people’s homes, the smell of the leaves, the fall breeze that chills the air, the smell of apples, cinnamon, and pumpkin. My goodness, and who can forget pumpkin spice coffee? (I would mention Mallomars, but alas…I am vegan).
All of this is enough to make a fall-crazed person, such as myself, extremely happy; however, the fall also leaves me feeling sad and anxious as I await the uncertain season of winter, already starting to leave finger marks on the ground with its bitter cold, icy hand. The fact is that, just as the seasons are ever-changing, so too is our life. Change is inevitable. It cannot be avoided. Whether we embrace it or not, we WILL change. From the moment we were conceived in our mother’s womb, our lives have been a series of changes. The only thing that is for certain, the only thing that NEVER changes, is the fact that each moment of our lives is filled with change.
Like the seasons of the year, we often go from times of certainty, warmth, and security to times of uncertainty, isolation and insecurity. Our lives are ever revolving in a circle just like the seasons. We are ever marching onward through life experiencing all the ups and downs that come with it. And each of the ups and downs we experience forever change us. But, believe it or not, it is in the change that lies the hope.
Can you imagine a world where it was always summer? A world where the earth never got a break from the summer sun? Can you imagine a world where everything stayed the same. A place where water did not exist to cut through and change the landscape? A place where the leaves on the trees never died to be reborn again? Even if it is not impossible to imagine such a world, it would be impossible to imagine such a world sustaining life.
Though we are not always happy about the changes that occur in our lives, though we are not always happy with the circumstances that befall us, there is hope. There is hope that though the sun may seem more distant and cold, it will rise to bring warmth into our lives again. THere is hope that, though days are shorter and the darkness lingers with us longer, a new and warmer season will spring forth to remind us that God has been with us all along.
There is one hope we have, as witnessed to throughout Scripture: God will never leave us nor forsake us. All we have to do is trust in that promise, no matter how bleak things get, and let the seasons come as they will. There is no doubt that we will change in the process; however, the kind of change we experience depends on our reaction to the seasons we’re in. God is calling us to a life-giving, spirit growing kind of change, a kind of change that reciprocates itself in the lives of others. This kind of change will spark a rebirth in us and in others just as the ever-present sun sparks the budding and growing of leaves on to the trees.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Know that God is with you as you continue to journey onward through the seasons in his grace!
Gracious and loving God, you are always present with me. In the good times and in the bad times, through all seasons, you are here with me. You will never leave me nor forsake me. Be present through me in the lives of others. Amen.