“He changes times and seasons” (Daniel 2:21).
Fall is here in the mountains. Cooler weather and colored leaves are coming.
The changing season reminds me of a quote from Max Lucado’s book Fearless.
“Is the foliage of your world showing signs of a new season? Embrace it. Accept it.”
We may have one favorite calendar season, but we know what to expect from all of them. We live in the comfortableness of familiarity and can plan life accordingly.
Seasons in our personal lives however bring more challenges: chronological seasons of childhood, adulthood, and senior citizenship; seasons of work and retirement; seasons of parenting and empty nest; seasons of good and poor health.
Sometimes we anticipate seasonal transitions, but others times those transitions are more difficult to embrace and accept.
For 34 years my husband has been the strong, healthy one–always there, willing, and able to take up the slack for all the things I have been unable to do. I never thought much about the day when he might have his own health challenges or how I would handle them.
That new season has come . . . and I am not transitioning well. Although his health problems are not life-threating, they do have negative repercussions, and the suggested treatments have effects that are very challenging to deal with.
It’s difficult to embrace and accept this new season of life, but I must trust that God’s timing is perfect and His plan is good, even in this.
Seasons will continue to change, both on the earth and in my life. Your current seasons may be different than mine, but they each have their own blessings and burdens.
To embrace and accept them means trusting in God’s presence and purposes through them all, knowing He is the one constant amidst change. We can cling to the hope of that glorious eternal season yet to come.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know that every season of my life is ordained by You. Thank You for the good seasons. Give me patience and trust during the difficult ones, and use them to deepen my relationship with You. Amen.
About the author:
Bronlynn Spindler lives in North Carolina and is blessed to have the support and encouragement of a wonderful husband, three daughters, and their husbands. God’s grace and strength have brought her through thyroid cancer and continue to sustain her through ongoing back pain, depression, headaches, multiple sensitivities, and fibromyalgia. You may view her blog of devotionals at http://www.aplaceofsprings57.blogspot.com
Are you in a difficult season right now? How might God be calling you to embrace and accept it? How could doing so draw you closer to Him?
This is Chris August singing “Starry Night.” When life seems to be full of constant changes, by simply looking out our window and seeing the creation God made so long ago, it can help keep things in perspective. Hugs, -Lisa