I love Seasons! I have been so enamored here in our new state with the distinctive seasons that have come and gone this past year. We just celebrated the one year anniversary of our life changing move to North Carolina! We moved at the tail end of Summer last year, and first experienced the parched yet still lush green land of the South. September quickly kicked off the beginnings of Fall as the leaves turned into brilliant colors seemingly overnight! I didn’t even know leaves could be so bright and multicolored! It was a sight I can’t imagine ever taking for granted each new Fall season! By December those brilliant leaves had dimmed and withered as they covered the frozen ground leaving bare sticks as the remains of their existence. I was as excited as a small child at Christmas, when in Winter we got to experience the majesty of white snow flakes falling to the earth and covering it so brightly it hurt my bare eyes! Hot chocolate and frozen hands after the kids played in this winter wonder, brought back childhood memories I was so fond of, growing up in the Rockies. Late winter lingered the longest as the cooler temperatures and stick trees remained until late March or so. The transformation into Spring didn’t disappoint though, as we left in late April for a visit back home to the desert, and returned to the brightest green terrain and brilliant buds of color I had ever laid eyes on!
I wondered why the Maker of these beautiful seasons and our world doesn’t just leave it all to be..? Why He cares enough to allow seasons of change in our lives, and sometimes even wondering why He doesn’t protect us from change when it causes so much pain… Everything in existence constantly evolving, and yet God Himself remaining the same yesterday, today, and forever!
How boring it would be for the world, our seasons, the weather, and even if ourselves- remained unchanged. Change can be exciting, scary, fun, anticipated, and even heartbreaking. It is in change that we grow. It is during change that our faith is often tested. Many times we experience our most memorable seasons in life, when drastic change is at the forefront of the event. Change gives us something to look forward to and opportunities to learn from.
How comforting it is to know that our Heavenly Father is our constant when everything else around us is moving! He is the Author of our Universe! There are no surprises with Him. He is our Rock. Our firm foundation. All change allowed into our lives He will see to it to serve His divine purpose for us. All change carrying pain- He will even use that to turn ashes into beauty. No wonder He made only Himself to remain unchanged so that we could look to Him for security in our insecure world! I am so grateful for the beauty of both the Seasons we witness with our senses, and the seasons we get to live out here on this Earth! And as a Believer in Jesus Christ, I am thankful for my Constant… who is with me always- whatever season I am in!!
With love- April
“In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.” Psalm 102:25-27