The windows and doors are open.  The air conditioning is turned off.  Cool breezes waft through the house every now and then.  At last, the long, hot summer seems to be over and autumn is on its way!  A few trees are just beginning to change color.  In a couple weeks our street will be a myriad of fall colors.  I’ve seen v-formations and heard the honking of geese as they wing their way south across a bright blue sky.  There is the smell of pumpkin pie in the air at this very moment—a treat for Bob for later today.  Pumpkin pie is one of his favorites!

I love the changing of the seasons, don’t you?  That first snowfall, whether it is the slow, lazy drop of big white flakes, or a sudden flurry.  The awakening of spring as birds sing, flowers bloom, and the grass and trees begin to green up.   The gradual warming and promise of summer fun in the sun.  And then after too much sun—the welcome relief from the heat as autumn rolls around once again.

Laurie was just telling me last night that she brought out her fall flower arrangements, linens and knick-knacks yesterday.  She lives in a land of palm trees, where the climate is sunny and mild almost all year long.  Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?  Palm trees, evergreens and jungle do not change color, though, and she misses that, so decorating her home in conjunction with the seasons back home in the States is important to her.  Her Ecuadorian in-laws would never decorate their homes the way Laurie does, but they love their gringa and appreciate her gringa ways!

I am thankful that I live in a part of the world where we have seasons—and such pretty ones.  Our four seasons are much more enjoyable than simply having a wet season and a dry season, don’t you think?  God created the seasons.  The Bible tells us in Genesis 1:14, “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years…”  Furthermore, as long as the earth is in existence, there will always be seasons according to Genesis 8:22. “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”  Daniel 2:21 tells us that the timing of the change of seasons is totally in His hands.  “And he changeth the times and the seasons…

Just as the climatic seasons are in His control, so are the seasons of this world’s history.  Daniel 2:21 continues by saying, “…He removeth kings, and setteth up kings…”  In times like this, when the world is a scary, uncertain place, and even our own nation’s future seems to hang in the balance, it is important to remember that the King of Kings is still on the throne and things like elections and diplomacy and wars will succeed or fail according to His will and His plans for this old earth and His coming again.  When we are inclined to be fearful or anxious, what a blessing it is to know that we can just rest in Him to work it all out.

When I think of our four beautiful seasons, I am reminded of the seasons of our own personal lives as well.  Youth—the springtime of our lives.  Young adulthood—summertime when we are busy raising our families, establishing careers, etc.  Mature middle-age—autumn when the children are raised and we begin to slow down a bit.  Old age—the winter of our lives.  Each has its blessings and its challenges.  Whatever the season of our lives, the Lord has work for us to do for Him and He promises fruit for our labor if we remain committed to Him.  “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”  (Psalm 1:3)  Even those of us in our senior years should be encouraged—God is not through with us yet!  “Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing. “ (Psalm 92:13, 14)  No matter the season of our lives, “let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”  (Galatians 6:9)

Ecclesiastes 3 talks about the seasons of this world and of our lives.  “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;  A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace… He hath made everything beautiful in His time…” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, 11a)  He hath made everything beautiful in His time.  It is wonderful to experience the blessings of the different seasons of our lives, but harder to understand the trials and challenges that come within those seasons, as well.  It brings me, and I hope you, peace and comfort to know, even when times are difficult, that He hath made everything beautiful in His time.   Trust Him.

Thank you, Lord.

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