…Or is it?
It’s that time of year again…at least it is for the Midwest! Leaves are changing colors, time to switch out tank tops for sweaters…YES! The season is changing! When you think about it, it is an incredibly profound time of year; the whole climate zone goes through an extreme makeover. For me, autumn has always been the most beautiful time of year and I have newly discovered it is also the most heartbreaking. Recently, I became very interested in what exactly happens when seasons change. I always HATED science in school, which is why I’m now a history teacher. (Funny, but true!) However, I knew there was a reason God placed this on my heart so I decided to research my favorite time of year.
Autumn is the transition period from summer to winter. Summer represents life, abundance, warmth, and happiness while winter represents death, lack (no growth), cold, and sadness. One would think winter would be the most heartbreaking but once something is gone, it’s gone. David said it best “…but now that [it] is dead why should I [mourn]? Can I bring [it] back again?” (2 Samuel 12:23a NIV) So then what does autumn represent??? The PROCESS to death!
When the full extent of what happens in autumn hit me, at first I was incredibly sad. “This beautiful landscape is dying! Why can’t this just stay? God! Why did you set things up this way? Why does this have to die?” At once God led me to scripture, “…I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds…” (John 12:24 NIV) It made so much sense to me. God set things up this way so that re-birth, rejuvenation, and progress can take place! If there is no winter, there can be no spring! If nothing ever dies, then nature cannot birth something new, rejuvenate, or replenish itself. Ok God, I get it!! Great!! But God would not let me leave the subject alone as if He were saying, “Nope! You ain’t got it yet!”
I started to examine my own life and the “season” change going on within it. I realized I had been asking God the same kinds of questions regarding my own situation. “I love how my life is right now! I love who is in my life right now! Why can’t I stay with him/them? God! Why did you set things up this way? Why do these relationships and friendships have to die?” God led me further down John 12, “…The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life…” (v. 25 NIV) I knew then what nature seemingly has known all along– one must submit to the will of God in order to get everything God has for them. That means WHATEVER God wants to kill/sever/remove from my life, I must accept it. I cannot love my life so much that I don’t submit to God’s will! Yes, I will be the FIRST to admit that this is not an easy task especially when you really love or are attached to the thing God wants you to let go. However, we MUST trust God!
Autumn is still my favorite time of year but now for a much more profound reason. Even though nature is in the process of passing away, there is an extremely graceful and peaceful quality in nature’s behavior. Summer calmly goes away allowing winter to come in. I wondered how demise could be so graceful as I walked through the park the other day, and this scripture came to mind, “…he who dwells in the shelter of the most high will REST in the shadow of the almighty. I will say of the Lord, he is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:1 NIV) Nature can rest in the will of God because it knows God has everything under control; God will restore everything that was lost plus more. I hear you God: I submit to my season change! 🙂
Thank You for being an all-wise God that knows everything about us and knows what’s best for us. Thank You for the awesome destiny we have in You and we are so grateful that You continue to come after us to move us toward that destiny. We ask that You continue to help us submit to You in every area of our lives. Please give us wisdom to accept and NOT fight the season changes of our lives. Lord, we believe but please help us in the times that we struggle to believe that You HAVE US and that You know what’s best. Help us to know who/what You want to remove from our lives and then give us strength to do what You want us to do. Also, please help us to not become stagnant and enusre that we are ALWAYS moving toward the amazing destiny we have in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Today, I EMPOWER you to SUBMIT to your season change! Follow these two steps to aid you in the process:
1) Let it DIE! Whatever God wants to kill in your life whether it is a bad habit, unfruitful relationship/friendship, and/or unhealthy personality trait…LET IT DIE! God wants to give you something so much better than what you think you can’t live without!
2) REST in God! Yes, change is painful. Letting go of something/someone that you really want is no easy task but take comfort in knowing: “…that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion…” (Philippians 1:6 NIV) God knows EXACTLY what He is doing!
Ms. Katrina Richard is an up and coming professional residing in Chicago, Illinois. She strives to incorporate knowledge and life-skills to teenagers in her profession as a high school history teacher. Katrina is very active in her church community where she serves in the prayer ministry as well as in the nursery. She has a passion for serving in the lesser known areas of ministry because she believes every facet of ministry is important to kingdom building and spiritual development of the believers. Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”