The Changing Seasons
by Beverly Brown, Set Me Free Ministries Prayer Coordinator
Yesterday we had the first real snowfall of the season. While having my devotional time this morning, I decided to open up the shades and enjoy the beauty of that freshly fallen snow. As I looked out the window, the sun was just starting to come up, and I began to reflect on the changing seasons in my own life. I guess you could say that I am in the winter of my life. After all, when your hair starts to turn the color of snow, it is safe to say that winter has arrived!
To say that things have changed since my spring, summer, and fall years would be an understatement. Things have changed for me personally for sure. I have lost both of my parents, and my children are all grown up. I have five beautiful grandchildren ranging in ages from ten down to two, and they do their best to keep me feeling young. I must confess, however, there are times that when they walk out our front door to go home, I feel very old indeed!
Things have also changed on the world scene. The problems facing my children and grandchildren are problems that most who are my age would never have dreamed of facing. We were young and innocent and knew nothing of the evils that lurked in dark corners. We saw a future that offered so much promise. We knew that with a good education and the right circumstances, we could accomplish just about anything. The sky was the limit! Not so today. Children lose their innocence much too young, and many of our brightest youth have little to look forward to when it comes to their careers of choice.
But here is good news, no matter what season of life you are in. God never changes! Hebrews 13:8 assures us that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever!" and James 1:17 tells us that "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."
So, as I reflect on my snow-like hair, which, according to Proverbs 20, is the splendor of old men and women, I am grateful that I know the God of spring, summer, fall, and winter. He changes not.