The other day I saw something I had never seen in my backyard before. A colorful male pheasant scooted from one pine tree to the next and I was startled, although I see them in the fields and along the roadways, I have never had one pass through our yard. It reminded me that fall has officially arrived.
I knew that, because the guys are finishing harvest.
I knew that because the leaves have dropped from the trees.
But, somehow seeing the pheasant just put paint to it.
Summer is long over.
Summer is my favorite season. I love the long days and sunshine; the warm weather, even the hot humid days. I love going barefoot and wearing less gear. As much as I love summer, I do enjoy all of the seasons and the have the luxury of being able to experience each season fully in Iowa. Although, I must admit I cast my vain vote for winter to end January second, after the white Christmas and Happy New Year, which is wishful thinking.
The change of seasons reminds us that as human beings there is nothing more certain than change. Like the change of the seasons of the year, change in life tends to typically come in increments. It is a letting go of something as something else makes its way in. A letting go in order to receive something else. But, like the seasons, the change sometimes can be sudden and we are forced to adapt quickly like it or not.
The fact of the matter is sometimes change can be hard and sometimes we make it much harder than it should be by our clinging to what was rather than letting go. We have a hard time receiving the new because we are so focused on what was. Acceptance can be as difficult as we decide to make it.
Psalm 41:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God”, the words “be still” come from a Hebrew verb root, rapha, whose meaning is to be weak, to let go, to release. But in the Hebrew language when there are two commands the emphasis is on the SECOND command and in this case, it is the command ” and know that I am God “. In this seemingly gentle phrase, we are reminded that in order to fully know the saving power of God, we must let go, be weak, release. You know, let go and let God. Or vice versa, let God and let go. Which means to accept what is.
When we accept, we release to what will be. Which grants us freedom to step into something different and quite possibly better.
The change of a season can be gentle or violent. God knew what he was doing in creating the seasons, he was preparing us for change because the change of seasons inevitably means the death of one thing so that another can come to life. The plant of the summer season must die in order to reap the seed of the harvest. With the seed is the opportunity for new life, for new growth.
Seasons come in many forms:
Seasons of birth
Seasons of youth
Seasons of age
Seasons of friends
Seasons of jobs
Seasons of family
Seasons of sorrow
Seasons of joy
Seasons of sickness
Seasons of health
Seasons of maturity
Seasons of spiritual growth
Seasons of spiritual dryness
Seasons of letting go
Seasons of receiving
Seasons of living
Seasons of dying
There is nothing more certain than change.
Change can be scary and usually involves risk.
But the alternative is spending the rest of your life as it is and missing the beauty and adventure of change.
The good news is the only thing that never changes and never fails is God’s everlasting love for us.
Be still, and know that I am God.
Be joy filled always,