A Season of Change
by Ethelyn Martin
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The glory of autumn is marked by trees are full of vibrant colors of red, brown, orange, purple and gold. But have you ever considered that what makes the leaves so beautiful is death? The very life is being slowly sucked out of them, and it’s a beautiful thing to behold. There are things we can learn from this time of the year.
We must believe that our times are in the Lord’s hands. That before time was, He ordained certain seasons . . . certain times of change in our lives. These changes are necessary for our spiritual growth and health. The changes may be planned or unexpected to us, but God has known our ways from the beginning. What has the Holy Spirit been speaking to your heart about? Looking for a new job? Do you have to move away from family and lifelong friends in order to survive in these economically stressed times? Are you involved in a relationship with someone who does not love the LORD? Maybe you are pregnant or going through a divorce; maybe the diagnosis was not what you wanted to hear, or your 14 year old daughter has just told she’s pregnant. We must believe that our times are in the Lord’s hands.
Change is beautiful, but it is also a very painful thing. Our loving Father knows this. He knows that we are prone to fear, prone to wander, prone to walk by sight and not by faith. So as in nature, we have evergreens; things that never change. In this season of change in your life, look for the evergreens.
Our God is an unchanging God. From everlasting to everlasting He is God. There is not shadow of turning or change with Him. He is the same yesterday, today, and praise Him, FOREVER! Before Abraham was, He says : “I AM.” He says “I am the LORD, I change not.” (Malachi 3:6) He is the everlasting God, the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last, and the One Who was dead, and yet now is alive forever more! He is life, and He has won the victory over death! Whatever is dying in your life, He has the victory! Climb into this evergreen tree and hide amongst the thick branches of our unchanging God.
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, BUT the Word of the LORD endureth forever! (Isaiah 40:8 & Psalm 119:89) It is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, that one dot of the Word of God to fail. A dot! Even the smallest punctuation of the Word of God is steadfast and true. The promises of our unchanging God is what we should use to build our tree house with. Though the winds of change may tear through our lives like a Santa Ana or hurricane, we will not fall or be destroyed if our faith is rooted and grounded in the evergreen of His Word.
Whether change comes in death, life, distresses, tribulation, or nakedness, or pain in body or soul, be persuaded that nothing can separate you from the love of God. He has loved us with an everlasting love, (Jeremiah 31:3) and NOTHING shall be able to separate you from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:39). Unlike the leaves which are separated from the trees in death, your life is hid with Christ in God, and He has promised that He will never leave you, nor forsake you.
The time of harvest, will come. You will one day receive abundant fruit for your labors on this earth. Be thankful for all the LORD has done in other seasons of your life, knowing that He is faithful. Abide in Him. He is the vine and we are the branches. Without Him we can do nothing.
Remember the words of Job “If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.” Job 14:14.
God does not change, but maybe we need to. Maybe there is something in our lives we need to repent of, that He may conform us into the image of His dear Son.
With each leaf that falls to the ground, ask the Lord to make changes in your life, that all may behold the beauty of the glory of God.
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Such a beautiful and encouraging post. Thank you.