I’ve always loved the changing of the seasons: winter to spring…spring to summer…summer to autumn…autumn back to winter. I somehow find comfort in the idea that the changing seasons are a parallel of our lives.
God, who created the seasons, tells us in Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To everything there is a season…”
We have seasons from our childhood to young adult…from single to married…sadly, sometimes married to divorced or widowed…from giddy and in love to comfortable and in love. We might have seasons of no children, children, too many children, won’t-they-ever-leave children, gosh-I-miss-my children, and oh-never-mind-children cause now I have grandchildren.
This is a quote I read many years ago and I like it:
“Everything in life is temporary.
So if things are going good enjoy it,
because it won’t last forever.
And if things are going bad,
don’t worry it can’t last forever either.”
It’ll change. That can be an encouragement in the unpleasant seasons, but it can be a discouragement if you like the season you’re in right now. But I’ve learned one important key to handling the inevitable changes to come and it’s found in Malachi 3:6, “For I am the LORD, I do not change…” He does NOT change. That’s not just a statement of fact; that’s a PROMISE! Everything He has been, He still is…
Psalm 28:7, “The LORD is my strength and my shield…”
Jeremiah 1:8, “…For I am with you…”
John 9:5, “…I am the light of the world”
John 10:7, “…I am the door…”
John 10:14, “I am the good shepherd…”
The seasons of my life might change as quickly as our West Texas weather (you know, all four seasons in one day), but in each and every one of those, He WILL NOT CHANGE. In the good seasons, He will be with me. In the bad seasons, He will be with me. That, my friends, is a glorious truth on which to stand!
One of my personal coping tools is, in any situation, I ask myself, “Is God still God?” If I can answer ‘yes’ to that simple question, then I can act accordingly (and yes, the answer is always yes!). It might not change my situation but it can change my perspective, my attitude and the choices I choose to make. I can look at any situation and remember that my current circumstances do not negate who God is. I am able to drink in and enjoy the good, knowing God will help me remember them. I am able to stomach and swallow the not-as-good, knowing God will help me get through it. And I realize that it’s because of those “sad-mad-bad” moments that I can appreciate the “good-glad-glorious” moments. We never know how wonderful that spring sunshine feels until we’ve experienced the bitter cold darkness of winter. We never appreciate the cooling breezes of autumn without first sweating off our toenails in the summer heat.
I know, through each and every change in my life, up or down, inside or out, my God, who does NOT change, will help me see the beauty of my current season. God is still God and He really has “…made all things beautiful in their time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11