Spring has sprung! That’s what we usually say at this time of year. Springtime signals the end of winter and the dormancy of nature. It ushers in a time of new growth… new birth… new possibilities for the future.
In many ways, Dawn and I are experiencing this same season in our lives. We have gone through many changes over the last few months. At times, it seems impossible to track all of the changes. After a while, you just learn to roll with them and make the best of the “day” that you have in front of you.
As we look with hope toward a new phase of life, God has sent confirmation to us in certain areas and He is still working out other situations for our good. Remember… all things work together for the good for those who love Him and seek His will. After serving the Lord overseas and surrendering completely to the missional lifestyle, well… you change. God changes you and sometimes you find that others do not understand that change. At times, they do not even appreciate the change and will reject you. That shouldn’t be too surprising though. We all typically recoil a bit when confronted with change… I suppose that is a very human way of dealing with it.
I am very thankful that God does not treat us in that fashion! He knows that we are different… my goodness, He is the author of the change! So, when facing the past, we must enjoy the parts which bring a smile to our faces and respectfully walk away from the things which vex our souls. Yes, God is the author of the changing seasons in nature and in the changing seasons of the lives of His children. The struggle of the butterfly against the cocoon as it breaks free from the confines of its past has a purpose. The end result is a new beautiful life! Think about it. If you are struggling with the past… assess the situation, pray, and gain peace from God about it… and move on. He still has much for you to do. Amen.