I live in the midwest and right now the season is at its height. Trees have finally begun to change color, the leaves are starting to fall, and the air is just a little more crisp than earlier this month. I. Love. It. Every part of it.
The change in weather and scenery is also welcomed by my family. We live on a farm and so this season means we’ll see more combines in the fields, grain bins running loads of beans or corn to the mill, and wide open fields now that the crops have been harvested. It will be a change, but a welcome one for sure!
I think the words have to be synonyms. Maybe not technically or in the thesaurus, but you just can’t have one without the other. They are deeply connected.
Without seasons, we can’t see change. Yet without change, we can’t embrace different seasons.
And while some seasons are easy to embrace, it’s not always easy to embrace the change that comes with it. Change is hard. Change requires work. Change isn’t dependable. Change is messy. Change sometimes means pain.
You know what’s changing in my life right now? My son will be a new driver within the week, my daughter will be leaving for a long weekend away (which she is dreading). My husband is transitioning out of one job and into another, and my youngest (with special needs) is working through the physical changes of puberty. In me, my body is recovering from knee surgery, and my heart is struggling to accept it all. I find myself praying in the wee hours of the night that God would help me embrace the season, not fear the changes.
I was reading in Colossians 4 today and verse 12 jumped off the pages. The passage is written by Paul sharing about the work the laborers are doing to edify one another and build the church. In verse 12, God’s Word says,
“Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.”
To stand perfect and complete in the will of God, there’s bound to be changes in our life. It’s inevitable and part of life this side of heaven. So during our seasons of change, what would happen if we focused on fervently praying instead of fearing the change?
I think it would change my focus.
I think it would change my mindset.
I think it would change me.
What’s changing in your life? How could you move from fear to faith? What would laboring fervently in prayer look like for you?
Give it a try, practice it, labor in it! Let Epaphras’ example challenge us to embrace the changes God allows in our lives with hearts of fervent prayer.
You’ve got this!