Seasons of Change

Tree in front of church

Read: Genesis 8:22 and Revelation 21:1-8

Each fall I look forward to seeing the wonderful color that is
seen on the tree in front of our church. It is a tree that
drops annoying prickly balls all summer that have to be picked
up, but when fall comes it makes you quickly forget about the
summer annoyance. (See the picture of this tree attached)

Another reminder of change is that we used to have two of
these colorful tree’s in front of our church. That is until a
strong lightning storm took one of them down last summer. It
is now gone and the trunk is gone as well.

The seasons are like that in Central Illinois. You have the
heat and humidity of summer that turns into the bitter cold of
winter. You have the pleasant blessings of Spring and new
life, as well as the beauty and colors of fall. But each time
we go through one of these changes I am reminded of how the
seasons of nature also resemble the seasons of life.

If there is a bad time, you can rest assured that better times
are ahead. If you are in a good place, you thank God for that
blessing and ask Him to help you be prepared for times that
may be more difficult. When it is Winter we look forward to
Spring, and when it is hot in the summer we look forward to
the cold of Winter. Okay, that last one may be hard to sell to
some of you.

There is something to be said however about how the changing
seasons give us variety and keep things fresh for us. I have
often thought about how nice it would be to live in San Diego,
California where the median temperature year round is around
65 degrees. From an average low of 59 to an average high of
72, San Diego does not change much throughout the year.

In other words, they don’t look forward to Spring nearly as
much as we do in Central Illinois. Have you ever though of it
in that way? In the book of Genesis God promises Noah that
the seasons will remain until the end of the earth. In
Revelation, the last book of the Bible we are told about a New
Heaven and a New Earth. Both of these promises at the first
and the last of the Bible give us hope and expectation.

So, as winter comes, let’s enjoy the beauty of the fall season
and thank God that we have so much to look forward to, in life
and in the seasons that he has created for us. If you are in
a winter season right now in life, don’t give up, Spring is
coming! If you are enjoying the 70’s right now in life, thank
God and ask him to help you remember this moment.

And finally, remember this, all things work together for the
good of those who love God! Love God and He will see you
through any season of life that comes!

Make it personal: Take time over this coming month to thank
God for the good, the bad, the difficult, and the annoying
things of life. Thank him for the way that those things help
to mold us into the people and the followers of Jesus that he
desires for us to be.

Have a wonderful Fall,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life, Arthur Mennonite Church