Seasons

 

 

 

He changes times and seasons;
    He deposes kings and raises up others.
He gives wisdom to the wise
    and knowledge to the discerning.
 He reveals deep and hidden things;
    He knows what lies in darkness,
    and light dwells with him.

 

–Daniel 2:21-22

 

 

As I walked along the wooden deck, I stopped to look at some fallen leaves.

It’s that time of year again when the trees begin to let go of their leaves and prepare for winter.

In doing so, we are blessed with seeing a vast array of autumn colors for several weeks, heralding a time of dormancy and rest for almost every plant and tree.

Spring will come after a period of waiting, bringing with it a new and vibrant growth.

Seasons in our lives are not always defined by aging.

God brings us in and out of various types of seasons.

Seasons of growth.

Seasons of learning.

Seasons when wisdom is given.

There are seasons when we have to let go of some responsibilities in order to take on new ones.

These seasons are defined by God.

With each passing interval, we can say, “This is different–but it’s okay.”

Whether we are at a season in life’s journey where we are a vibrant green leaf attached to a branch or a vibrant red leaf lying on a deck, we are in a particular place at a particular time where we can be used by God.

What season of faith are you in today?

 

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A Friend Loves

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Today is my birthday.

I have been reading messages from my friends wishing me a happy day.

Many people at work said, “Happy birthday!” to me, as well.

At some point tonight, reading the messages on my phone and on my computer, I began thinking about the people who were contacting me.

One friend I had lived next door to when my second child was born.

Another couple of friends I had met when I was in the 4th grade.

Friends from high school and college were wishing me a great day along with people I had met in just the last few years.

I’m not quite sure how to express it, but having all these friends from different points in my life converge on the same day to communicate with me was, well…..stirring up some introspection.

It’s normal to look back over your life and think of good times, as well as bad times.

That usually happens just one chapter of life at a time, though, like randomly remembering your last year of college or the first year at a certain job.

Today, it was like reading the opening lines to practically every chapter in the book of my life as I saw friends’ names pop up on text messages and social media.

I am quietly considering what a great blessing my friendships have been over all these years.

Love cannot be purchased, but the bonds between those we have shared seasons of our lives with are priceless.

God has made me rich.

Rich with friends.

Rich with love.

Rich with life eternal in Him.

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A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.

—Proverbs 17:17

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