To everything there is a season.
“For everything there is a season, and
a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up
what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to throw away stones, and a
time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to
refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.”
This sacred list in Ecclesiastes reflects the seasons that every soul will weave their way through in life; Good times and bad, fruitful and wasteful, peaceful and painful.
Time is passing much quicker as I age, shifting here to there and well… The older I get, the more I realize that I don’t care much for change, and I love a God who does. He seems to thrive on change, changing landscapes, changing hearts, and changing lives.
Change can be scary. On any given day, change can shake or shape my life in ways beyond my control, and things that are beyond my reach can become a breeding ground for fear.
I can handle my shoes-wearing-out get-a-new-pair-kinda change (unless it’s my favorites, then it might throw me for a loop) but when it comes to my health and loved ones, I get pretty unsettled.
Stepping into God’s more-than-I-could-ask-for-or-imagine way of life means living by faith, regardless of the season I’m in. The kind of faith that moves mountains and conquers fears. Faith that moves forward and doesn’t back up. Faith that trusts and believes even when the way in front of me makes no sense.
I want a life that I can predict… Yes, if I’m really honest, I’d love to write my own story, but that’s not who God is and that’s not His way. Political leaders change, governments change, people and things will come and go, but God doesn’t change.
For I am the Lord, I do not change.
As the snow melts away and the soggy ground reemerges, it’s a real comfort to know that I have a never-changing God. His love never changes, his mercy never changes, his goodness never changes, and his ability to provide and meet my needs never changes. I can lean upon God and His Word and be sure that I have a solid foundation that never shifts or wavers. Even though trials will come, I can turn to God and find help.
Are you going through a changing time in your life? Do you feel as if things are continually changing without your control? No matter what goes on in the world or what circumstances may change, God will not change. Look to Him for He is your ever-present help in time of need.
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Thank you for being the one constant in my life and the one I can always count on as you work all things for my good and Your glory.
In Jesus Name,