Living victoriously through the changing seasons of life.
A recent memory on my Facebook page reminded me of the faithfulness of the Lord through all seasons of my life. No matter what my circumstances might be or how things around me may change, my sweet Savior is steadfast, immovable, unchanging and I can put my hope and trust in Him.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
Fall is one of my favorite seasons. About 7 years ago, we moved to an area that actually experiences all of the seasons. Fall is all about cooler temperatures, football games, sweaters, soups, pumpkins, and colors! I have a huge front porch and love decorating it for fall. All of these things are wonderful, but seasons also mean change. Fall means that the leaves on the trees are about to turn and soon leave our trees bare. Have you been through a season of change that left your heart exposed? As difficult as it can be sometimes, each season is necessary in the process of growth. Some seasons are for pruning and some are for new growth.
The same is true for our Christian life. Each season of our life serves a purpose. It is for our sanctification. Our continued growth and maturing in our walk with the Lord. The good news is that we have a Master gardener in charge of our seasons and they are always for our good!
A few years ago, it felt like I went through all 4 seasons at the same time. I experienced every change imaginable.
- Major move leaving a family, church family we loved, and friends.
- Move to a new town, new church and ministry, new friends.
- Left a home we built and raised our family in for 12 years.
- Lived in a rental home until our home sold 4 months later.
- Moved again into a new home.
- Experienced major physical challenges and ultimately had major surgery.
- Our last child graduated high school and moved away to college.
- I started working full-time outside the home.
- Went back to college to finish a degree.
All of these “changes” happened over approximately a year. They often occur so quickly that we fail to take advantage of special moments in life, like big family meals together. I am sure you have been through seasons of change too. Some of those changes are wonderful blessings; however, many times, those seasons are difficult and painful. These seasons can be life altering. When faced with difficult seasons in our life, we have a choice to make. Will we succumb to the pressures of world and fall apart; or, will we see these times as opportunities to rely on the Lord and to let His light shine even brighter in the midst of darkness.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. ” John 1:5
The great thing about seasons? They CHANGE! If you are in a difficult season, friend, remember, that SPRING is coming! Life and hope and joy will renew your heart once again. If you are in a season of growth, remember, God is preparing you for future seasons. Allow him to prune you and make you ready for “every good work.” Just make sure you hold on tight to the One who doesn’t change!
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