Changing Seasons - February 10, 2023

The picture of the daffodil is blooming in my yard.

I saw it today while I was out doing a little yard work, enjoying the sunshine and the warm temperatures. As I have thought about that daffodil, it is a reminder to me from the Lord of the changing seasons: winter is not over, spring is just around the corner, and with it comes the changing of a season, something ends, and something new begins.

Through the years of ministry, I’ve often referred to the “seasons of ministry.” Someone asked me many years ago, “How long is a season?” My response was something like, “As long as God says it is.” We may be able to look at the calendar and gauge the changing seasons; we may be able to look at nature and see the promise of a new season; there are some seasons of life that are only known by the Lord.

In Jeremiah 31:13, God speaks these words to the ancient people of Israel, “I will turn their mourning to joy, will comfort them, and make them rejoice rather than sorrow.”

 

Jeremiah 31:13 quote

Five weeks ago, we began a GriefShare group at our church. If you’re not familiar with the ministry of GriefShare, I would encourage you to go to GriefShare.org and discover ministry opportunities for those who have lost a loved one. Their theme is “your journey from mourning to joy.” As I lead the group, I’m also participating in the group, and though I wish someone could tell all of us on our walk through grief when the journey ends, no one can.

However, this I know: the same God who orchestrates the changing seasons of our climate is also the God who orchestrates the changing seasons in my heart and life. Though there remain times of mourning, accompanied by tears and heartache, I know that God is changing the seasons in my life, just as surely as the daffodils are blooming and other flowers are starting to sprout, and bud,

God is changing my season from mourning to joy.

Spring is not here yet, and those daffodils are going to be subject to some winter weather; we know that winter will soon end, and spring will begin. I’m not there yet either; I am getting closer and can sense the changes and the coming new season.

Wherever you’re at in your walk through grief, your journey from mourning to joy, know that God is at work in your life, and He promises to turn your mourning to joy.

He promises to comfort you and to make you rejoice rather than sorrow.

Just as sure as the climatological season will change, so will the season change in your life.

There are times when you may feel it’s not possible but know that God is at work in your life and on your behalf.

Keep believing, and keep walking; you are making progress as God brings healing to your broken heart.

He is leading you into a new season.

 

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