Seasons change. It’s inevitable.
But just like some hate to see the beauty of autumn slip into the bleakness of winter, we know it’s coming. The same can be said of the seasons of our lives. Some of our life experiences are as peaceful as fishing on a summer day. Some are as bitter as the coldest, darkest day of winter.
Knowing these seasons come is half the battle, but knowing it too, will pass, is the other half of the battle. Just like you prepare to bring a new baby into a home, and then prepare for life with a toddler, then a young child, a teenager, and then a college student ready to go out and make his or her imprint on the world, you prepare for change by fortifying your resolve with the strength of the Creator.
God knew that change for us was inevitable when He described what was going to happen to the serpent, the woman and the man in Genesis 3. He had created this beautiful place so that we could be in relationship with Him. But because sin entered, changes came that were uncomfortable. Thistles grew where there were none before which would require the man to work for their food. Childbirth would bring severe pain (which leads us to ask if it was painful prior to the fall of man?) for the woman, and the serpent would be reviled forever.
But God, in His grace, provides for us, whether the change is difficult transitions like singleness to marriage, marriage to parenthood, marriage to no parenthood with the fight of infertility, death of a family member or death of a relationship. He provides through His Son Jesus, our connection back to Him. The One Who knows every hair on our head and every beat of our heart, knows what we need to be secure through whatever change we face.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 says “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…”
But through the Apostle Paul, God says this:
Philippians 4:6-8 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Jesus Himself told us in Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry abut itself.” Trusting Him and knowing that He has our hearts in His hands helps us to stay strong, whatever change comes.