For Everything There is a Season

Change is a part of life albeit not a part of life anyone is particularly fond of.  Right now there seems to be a lot of change swirling around us. The warm sun-filled days of summer have given way to crisp fall days with leaves rustling at our feet. Our Interim Pastor worshipped with us for the last time on Sunday before heading off to St. Louis.  In my own life there has been a big change as we grew from a family of three to a family of four, which is as wonderful as it is chaotic.  And to top it off my role here at Thompson has changed for a time from the Associate Pastor to the Interim Head of Staff.  Yes, it is safe to say that change can be overwhelming, but we are reminded in scripture that change is the natural way of things. 

In the book of Ecclesiastes we hear these familiar words, 

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what 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 throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away; 
a time to tear, 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 for war, and a time for peace.

Yes, there is a time of everything and everything happens in God’s time, not ours.  Of course, this can add to the frustration, as we would like to know exactly what God has in store for us and when those changes in our life are due to happen. Sadly this is not how God works. We are called upon to put our faith in God in all times because it is God who remains steadfast throughout every season, year in and year out, in all times and all places.  So when the seas of change are swirling around you and you feel like you might just get swept away in all the chaos, hold onto these words of hope from scripture – “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.’” Lamentations 3:22-24