It is a windy, fall day.
After several weeks of beautiful
Indian summer, mid-October has finally brought some more typical fall
weather. It still isn'
t 100% what we would expect for
the fall, however, for although there is a definite fall wind, it isn't
cold at all, and when I look at the trees at the back of my property, I
see they are still green. Or bare. And the bare ones never really
changed colours at all this year. In fact, until this seasonal wind,
those bare trees still sported their full summer foliage. It would seem
that perhaps the beautiful fall colours this region is known for will
not be seen this year, for without the typical lower temperatures, they
are being blown off the trees before they even change colour!
But this shouldn't be a surprise for us this year. When we look at the
seasons that we've had throughout these past months, we see that none of
them have been typical. We didn't really get summer weather, for
example, until September, when we had to label it "Indian summer". We
had our worst snows in late March and early April, and spring didn't
arrive until late. And if I think back to last fall, I realize that the
"fall" weather extended well into January and February!
throws so many changes our way. Every trial brings about unwelcome
change, and just when we begin to adjust to the "new" reality, something
new comes up to bring about even more change. In fact, it often seems
that the only constant in life is "change"; and with this reality, I,
for one, have always taken comfort in the regularity of the seasons. At
least I can always count on that...
Until this year, that is.
This year, I can't even count on the seasons...
us, there is One who never
changes: "Whatever is good and
perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all
the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow."
(James 1:17 NLT).
I take great comfort in this. When everything
around me is changing; when the circumstances and trials of life bring
uninvited, continual change; when even the changing of the seasons, the
one constant I have always counted on, appears to be changing its
pattern, there is One Who will never, ever change.
Though it is
already very encouraging to know that God is our One constant, James
follows this promise with another very encouraging one: "He chose to
give birth to us by giving us his true word."
(James 1:18a NLT).
Wait. What does this mean?
It means that the unchanging
makes us alive...not by removing the changes in our lives, but
by giving us His True Word!
What is His true Word? "In the
beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word
(John 1:1 NLT).
Jesus is the Word! God makes us
alive, not by giving us a stress-free life, but by giving us Jesus
But the promise isn't yet finished: "And we, out of
all creation, became his prized possession."
(James 1:18b NLT).
This means that despite the horrible circumstances that dump
continual changes upon us, the unchanging
God gave us Jesus so
that we could become His prized possession!
Think about a prized
possession in your life. It isn't something you are careless with. In
fact, you will guard it with your very life, and that is how God sees
Is life crazy? Have endless changes been forced upon you to
the point that you don't seem to be able to keep your head above the
water? Do you feel that one more change will push you over the edge? Has
change even been forced upon the former "constants" of your life? Take
heart: God is unchanging, and the unchanging God
, Who has made
through Jesus, has appointed us to be His prized
. This means that no matter what we are going through
today, we can count on God to guard us with His very life!
more thought...Although it is unsettling that the routine changing of
the seasons can no longer be counted on, I, for one, am taking pleasure
in the summer-like weather of this fall. And though this past summer
wasn't the warmest or driest in history, I rejoiced for the people who
suffer from the heat. Whatever the change is in your life, God has also
planted something there that will help you hang on, help you make it
through. Your job is simply to ask God to help you see it.
why wouldn't He give you something to help you hang on? You are, after
all, His "prized" possession!
In His love,
Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author --
"Aboard God's Train
Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer", Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet
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