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Topic: Winter (11/14/05)
TITLE: Seasons of Change
By Carol Adams
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W = winter of my life. Things change, some more rapidly than others. It was just yesterday that I was a young newlywed enjoying wedded bliss. The seasons passed, and three children were born, and we quickly experienced babies, toddlers, kindergarteners, junior high, high school, college, marriage and grandchildren. How did I get there so fast? My children aren’t babies anymore. Now they have graying and balding hair just like us. My, how the seasons did pass!
I= interval. Though my mind is still young, there has been a break in rhythm in my body. Things are getting harder and harder to do. When I do a little gardening, I find I have aches and pains the next morning. I don’t have the stamina to stand for long periods of time, I must sit down. I notice there isn’t that spring in my step, now I stumble with the slightest thing in my path. And naps used to be a small treat, but now I need them everyday!
N=needful. As winter comes to some parts of the country, it is so needful for the seasons to take their rightful place. Winter brings the much needed moisture to our lands. Seasons of life though are so needful for growth and maturity. As I look back on life and the seasons of change, it was needed to mature me into who I am today. It gave me opportunities to see and experience change.
T= time. Seasons, winter being one of them, is a period of time. Where did all the time go? What was accomplished or experienced in that time frame? How did I use my time? Did I use it wisely? Some seasons within our lives are long while others are a skip in the park. Time escapes and time is a life span; so I must make the most of the seconds, minutes and hours that I have been afforded me.
E=earth. Winters have always been and will continue to be even after I have left this earth. Genesis 8:21-22 reminds me of this point. God tells Noah that “As long as the earth remains, there will be springtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night”. Time lies in God’s hands. What kind of an impact have I made while living on this earth?
R=remembrance. I will always remember the cold bitter winters of early childhood, but now my focus should be on the Scripture that says “Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away” [James 4:14 NASB]. Do I make an impact upon others in the seasons of life? Or am I that vapor that appears as a mist and is gone in a moment?
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