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Our changing seasons — Part 2

Our changing seasons — Part 2
Our changing seasons — Part 2
The Rev. Kathy Brumbaugh
By  the Rev. Kathy Brumbaugh, Special Writer

Background text: Ephesians 4:22-24

Devotional text: James 4:13-15

Last week, we looked at the changing of the seasons on earth, mostly following God’s word in Genesis and Psalms. Then, we read the opening lines of Ecclesiastes chapter three, in which Solomon wrote God’s word concerning the seasons of our lives.

Today, continuing with God’s word in New Testament scripture, we find God speaking to us about our new creation in Christ.

From 2 Corinthians 5:17, we read this: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!”

In this verse of scripture, the Bible speaks about a new season in our lives. Once again, there is a change in the cycle of life.

Ephesians 4:22-24 explains it this way: “To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”

Spring has entered our lives through our rebirth in Jesus Christ. He is the Son of God, who died on the cross for our unrighteousness. Once we choose to believe in his great sacrifice for us, we enter a new life in Christ.

As we enter into this season of life, we find that the old temptations of the past mean less to us, and they begin to fall away from our desires as we become renewed creations following after the tenets given to us by God in his holy word, the Bible.

Our new season of life as believers and followers of God begins with rebirth in the spring. Growth in following God’s ways lead us to maturity and action in our summer season.

Just like the fall season on earth is a time of harvest and reaping, it becomes a time in our lives that God gives us opportunities to reach out to others who do not know about God’s love for all human beings. God uses his devoted followers to help bring in the harvest of new believers. It is a mission that he has sent us on.

Winter represents our older age, when we are retired from our jobs, have watched our children grow and leave home, and have once again found a new life. This life is still open through word and action as we are able to show and tell younger people about God’s many blessings in life. It is a time of memories and remembrances as we shed a light on God’s kingdom on earth.

Whether we are old or young, active or disabled, God has a plan for our seasons of life. This doesn’t mean that our lives will be perfect, but it does mean that God is always with us throughout our lives.

Sometimes God teaches us patience and self-control. At other times, he showers us with good things and teaches us about kindness and gentleness and how to remain faithful even in times that make no sense to us.

We may not always understand the way to go in our lives but, as we remain close to God, he does and will work it all out for us. Romans 8:28 reminds us this: “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.”

Do you think God doesn’t know you, can’t reach you or doesn’t care about you? Then consider this psalm by David. It speaks directly about our God being all-seeing, all-powerful, all-knowing and that his presence is everywhere. David tells us that God is always with us and, as we choose to follow him, God offers to us the ability to know him as well.

These words are from Psalm 139:16; they speak of God knowing us even before birth: “Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in your book were written all the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.”

You see, God knows all of us. He places people in our paths to help us find him. He builds us up, encouraging us to be full of his love and joy and peace.

We are the people of earth, all from various countries and cultures and traditions. Just like the earth itself, in our own ways we go through various seasons of life. We change, we learn, we grow, we develop relationships with others, we become part of a family.

Along the way, we are given many opportunities to realize that each of us is a child of God, and God has good plans for each person. Just as we go through many changing seasons within our own lives, we also have the assurance of God.

Hebrews 13:8 explains it this way: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Jesus never changes.”

When we fail, he doesn’t turn from us. His faithfulness always remains the same. When we think it’s better to turn our backs on our loving God because our desires do not coincide with his, God is the one who never turns aside from us.

The living words of God found in scripture never change. God’s love does not turn into hate because we have failed in some way. As we journey through the seasons of our own lives, our changeless God remains the same, always there, always loving, always encouraging and teaching, always the one to protect and help.

Though the seasons on earth and in our lives constantly have the flow and movement of change, we find this is part of our nature. This is part of creation.

Thankfully, we can also count on the One who never changes. He is our God, the same yesterday, today and always.

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