Seasons of Change… “For everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under Heaven.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1
“If you watch how nature deals with adversity, continuinally renewing itself, you can’t help but learn from it.” – Bernie Siegle
I am fortunate to live in an area of the country where we have fall, winter, spring, and summer. Each has a distinctive beauty of it’s own. There are things I really like about each season and some things… not so much. Regardless of the weather (which none of us can control), I try to make the most of it and adapt and adjust to it.
That is also true of the seasons of our life. There are some days I feel ageless, feeling like I’m 30 something, then there are other days I wake up and wonder how did I get this old so quickly. I like what my friend Clell King has said …”I’m not old, I’ve just been here a long time.” Billy Graham has said: “Don’t resent getting older, many are denied the privilege.”
My Pastor, Dan Spencer calls me “The Oldest Teenager”, that’s quite a compliment, kinda reminds of a lyric from a Bob Dylan song…”I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now.” I’m not going to try be something I’m not but I’m am going to strive to be the best I can be with wherever I am at in life. I chose to embrace the seasons of life, realizing every day is truly a gift from God. I chose to keep learning new things, enjoy the little things, and stay focused. I keep adapting and adjusting to the changes in my life, instead of sitting around complaining, having a continual “woe-is-me pity party” (which no one wants to attend).
Dr. Henry Cloud, noted Christian Counselor states that …“Everything has seasons and we have to be able to recognize when something’s time has passed and be able to move into the next season.” I am so thankful, that with all the changes we are all constantly dealing with our lives, that God is always there with us. He continually gives us renewed energy and strength; not just to survive but to thrive each day, regardless of our present circumstances. One of my favorite Bible verses is “Those who wait for the Lord’s help, find new strength; they rise up as an eagle in the sky, they will run and not need rest, they will walk and not become tired” – (Isaiah 40:31). May we all, regardless of our age or stage in life look to the Lord for strength, guidance, and peace.