Change is all around us
Summer’s brilliant green leaves are putting on their autumn clothes of stunning red, rust and orange.
The sun smiles upon us from lower in the sky, its heat less intense.
The pinks, purples and yellows, whose flowery blossoms lined the walls in the walled garden, no longer grace us with their beauty.
Blackberries, strawberries and raspberries have been picked and eaten, or turned into jams and jellies.
The heavy-laden apples trees in the orchard are ready to drop their rich harvest.
The lawns are receiving their final cut before being left in peace.
Change is all around us – the shaping and patterning of our lives, shifting and turning, coming and going, greening and dying.
Change is our constant companion, a dependable presence.
Why is it then that we resist change, we dislike change, we avoid change, we disparage change?
Without change, there is no growth, no transformation, no life.
Perhaps, in this time of even greater change than normal, you might like to contemplate the place of change in life. Perhaps God’s word and wisdom might help.
“When the grass disappears, the new growth is seen, And the herbs of the mountains are gathered in.” (Proverbs 17:25)
“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; God’s the one who will keep you on track.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)