Change. The season of change is upon us. Those in the north of the U.S. do not have to look too far or high to see the leaves changing from bold green to hues of gold, red, and orange. Many enjoy these colors and breathe deeply with satisfaction as the air becomes a little cooler and the sun lingers low a little earlier in the day. We can sit with a warm drink and feel as though nature’s arms are about us.
Wait – is this not your response? This is the romantic version of fall, but if you think about it too long, you will remember why the colors are turning from green to golds; the leaves are losing their life. Soon they will fall to the ground to be trampled, eaten, or mowed up and tossed aside. Whatever their fate, they inevitably face death. And so, as it may be with some of you, I am reminded that fall is nothing that actually feels beautiful. Death never feels beautiful.
So it is with most changes. Some changes are ushered in with anticipated, overwhelming joy; the birth of a baby, the arrival of company over a holiday or the return of a loved one from a war-torn country. Some changes, however, are far less joyful; the sudden loss of a job or a loved one, the loss of an identify such as “ministry wife” or “stay at home mom” or “sister” or “business-woman”. When life brings unexpected change, we welcome it with far less joy. In fact, this change is accompanied with very real grief.
This month, October 2019, Breathe Ministry will be focusing on the idea of change. In Ecclesiastes 3, we watch Solomon wrestle with the idea that there are seasons in life that encompass the whole of human experience. Life is usually moving from one season to another without much time to anticipate the next. We can identify with Solomon as he searches for the meaning in all of it and often asks, “WHY?” We, too, want to know the specifics of “WHY” God choses to take us through particular seasons and from one season to the next.
This month, we will look at many different types of changes and our various responses we might have to this change. In the end, however, may we conclude, as Solomon did, that though our questioning be a fine thing to do, we may never receive an answer to the question of “why.” Through this we are taught to lean more and more upon the only One Who knows “why.” Until that day, may we learn from Solomon’s wisdom and gain a right heart perspective: 12 “I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live;… that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him.” Alpha and Omega is He, may we worship and learn to honor Him above all else as worthy of our worship and adoration and may this teach us to rest in Him as we encounter and walk through the various season through which He walks with us.