Fall is here. For many it is a changing of the season that brings the joy of falling leaves, snuggling under blankets and warm cider. For others, the change in the season offers little besides shorter days, less sun and less warmth. That’s the way it is with seasons of the year – everyone has a different favorite and a different interpretation of what is presented. The same is true with the seasons of life. Children can’t wait to grow up. Many are impatient for those milestones of getting out of the car seat, getting their learning permits and acquiring the right to vote. Some older folks enjoy their golden years as blessings, when they can enjoy grandchildren, are freed from the rigors of everyday work schedules and can travel to places they only dreamed. But some children are not in a hurry to grow up and go to school, go through puberty, navigate the dating scene…and don’t even get them started on acne! Some older folks dread the mirror as they view wrinkles and other changes to their bodies. They mourn the loss of dexterity and independence. For them, the coming years are not golden but dark.
The same seasons of life, but thought of very differently. It is all in the mindset. The apostle Paul had a mindset that would prove best for ANY season of life. I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.~ Philippians 4: 11-13
The one thing about seasons (whether in life or in the year) is that they will pass. Christ and his message of life and love will never ebb or fade. His power is absolute and his authority is above all. Turn to him in this and every season…and know true peace. If YOU are in a season of change today….there is only One who will hold you firm and forever…and his name is JESUS.
His…and Yours!
Pastor Susan