Tuesday, December 2, 2014

When Seasons Change - Devotional - December 2, 2014

For everything there is a season….” Ecclesiastes 3:1

As I listened to the stormy showers pounding against the glass doors, it was hard to believe that just a few days ago the sun was shining warm 80 degree rays down on the same ground now soaked with rain.

Seasons change so quickly.

I walked out of the memorial service and looked up at the sky.  The sky’s tears seeming to amplify the soft sobs of family and friends who were now left to weather a season of loss and sorrow. 

Seasons change so suddenly.

We all go through seasons.  Gains and losses.  Births and deaths.  Joys and sorrows. Laughter and tears.  

And, while it would be nice to get roadmap on what tomorrow brings, we have no idea what seasons lie ahead.  In fact the Bible reminds us, “you do not even know what will happen tomorrow” (James 4:14).

The uncertainty can create a little anxiety within us, or even feelings of hopelessness when we are in the midst of storms and unsure when they will pass.

Here’s the truth….I don’t know what tomorrow will bring for you.  I don’t even know what tomorrow will bring for ME.

God did not promise me green lights at every intersection I drive through on the way to my meetings.  He did not promise me a perfect hair day.
He didn’t even promise a tomorrow free of challenges or struggle.
Nor, did He promise 365 days of sunshine. 
And while I do not know what tomorrow will bring, there is one promise I know for sure…..

God promises to be there when seasons change.

When storms rage, He whispers, “be sure of this, I am with you always, even to the end of time” (Matthew 28:20).

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter. God is right beside you.  And not just as an observer.  Through every season, the same God that “made you[….]will carry you” (Isaiah 46:4).

When we know that, we don’t have to fear cloudy days.  They too will pass.

So, find peace through every season knowing that while they may change, our God never will.

Let's pray:  God, You promise to be there for us when seasons change.  We find rest in that promise.  We choose to trust  You, and not our circumstances -- good or bad.  It is in You, our rock and redeemer, that we place our hope. All other gound is sinking sand.  Through life's mountains and valleys, You will never leave us or forsake us.  So we ask for Your wisdom, strength, and peace as we step into tomorrow.  While we may not know what it will bring, we know that You do.  Go before us, be beside us, dwell within us.  And, to You be the glory in all our tomorrows.  Amen.

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