The Changing Seasons
by Beverly Brown, Set Me Free Ministries Prayer Coordinator
I have always loved the fall season. I find refreshment in the crisp, cool air and the changing color of the leaves. Fall also marks the start and the end of things — summer days and baseball have ended, fall and football have begun.
There are other changes around our household as well. October is my birthday month, and this year marks the start of my official journey into old age. I had my “Welcome to Medicare” physical on October 1 and can now claim all things senior. I want to add quickly that I don't feel old, but I guess we are told not to live by our feelings (insert smiley face here).
I had a kind of a revelation about a week ago. I am going through old slides that my dad took years ago. Some date back to the early 50s and go up through the 70s. When I looked at my parents and my grandparents in some of those slides, I started to recall how old I thought they were through all those years. Yet, I am now older than they were back then. How could that be?! They are now all gone from this earthly existence, and for each of them, a new season of life began the day their physical bodies died.
During my new season of life, there are two scriptures that immediately come to mind. The first is a Psalm of David, written in his old age. Psalm 37:25 states: “I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lends; And his descendants are blessed.” The second was written by his son, Solomon, who watched his father's walk with God and wrote these words about old age in Proverbs 20:29: “The glory of young men is their strength, And the splendor of old men is their gray head.” I may not be as physically fit as I once was, but I have this going for me — God's saving power and grace will see me through the next seasons of my life. My gray hair is a testimony of that wonderful truth!
For those of you who are younger than I am and still in the summer and spring years of life, I want to close with more wisdom from Solomon, written during his old age. Ecclesiastes 12:1 exhorts us: “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the difficult days come, And the years draw near when you say, 'I have no pleasure in them…'”
Wise words, indeed.