Growing up in the Midwest, Autumn meant cooler temperatures, warm apple cider, leaves on the trees changing from green to vivid yellows, oranges and reds, and bonfires with friends. It was also the time we “fall back” with day light savings. Change those clocks back an hour. Now recently, this doesn’t happen until later in the fall, around November, (thank you so much Jesus). Autumn, a time of many changes.
I moved to Texas in August of 1989. I was curious to see what fall would be like in the coastal area of Houston. Would the humidity drop? Yeah, right. Using “weatherunderground.com” I took a look back at today, October 3, 1989 and the humidity was a lovely 68%. Not the usual 100%. Change. One thing I didn’t really notice much of a change in Houston, but when I moved North, to Dallas, was the leaves do change, but much later in the season than the Midwest, however there is change.
These are the only places I have lived, so I can’t give my personal experience on what meteorological changes take place in the rest of the U.S. or the world, I would love to know, so please share in the comments. My point being, changes take place in the Autumn season all over the country, in some areas earlier in the season and some places later. As Ecclesiastes 3:1 instructs us,” There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens”
Besides the changes of fall, we are all going to go through seasons of change in our lives at different times and in different places. And it doesn’t matter what season of life you are in, new parent, empty nester, college senior, newly wed, recently widowed, new job, lost job,a season of waiting, whatever your season is, changing seasons require a constant savior.
Let me repeat that last statement, changing seasons require a constant savior. Jesus is our constant everyday all day, friend. We can count on his timing, discernment, love, and grace. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
You can count on it, change is going to happen. You can choose to fight it alone, or accept to face it with Jesus. For me, walking through the changes of my life with my savior have gone way smoother than the times I have tried to go it alone. Notice I didn’t say it was a breeze. Change is difficult, however it is through the digging deep with God, in scripture and prayer, and being honest with ourselves that we learn and come out of the changes new and improved.
Changing seasons require a constant savior. Remember, Jesus is the constant, in His time, in His place. We need to do our part and remain constant with Him. Having a constant savior means that WE remain constant with our Heavenly Father. WE pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:16), WE read His Word daily, and be still. God wants us to be active participants in the process of working through the changes we face. When we seek Him he will come along side of us and lead us to the answers we are searching. “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19)
We need our Jesus daily, for all the seasons of our lives.
Thank you for the changes in our lives. I pray today that we will come to you, the constant savior in our lives, Lord, as we face the difficult challenges change brings. Father I pray that through your word and our honesty with ourselves we will accept your Will for us. And we know through your word that every good and perfect gift comes from you in your timing, not ours. Father I pray for those friends today who are in the midst of change that you will meet them where they are and fill them with peace and understanding that their questions will be answered when they stay constant with you. In your precious son’s name I pray, Amen.