Change is in the wind. I can smell it in the air and feel it on my face. Autumn is the beautiful transition as warm luscious summer gives way to the colder, yet still beautiful, winter season. There is a song that keeps playing in the soundtrack of my mind. I'm sure most of you will be able to hum along as you read the lyrics.

To everything - turn, turn, turn

There is a season - turn, turn, turn

And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time to be born, a time to die

A time to plant, a time to reap

A time to kill, a time to heal

A time to laugh, a time to weep

To everything - turn, turn, turn

There is a season - turn, turn, turn

And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time to build up, a time to break down

A time to dance, a time to mourn

A time to cast away stones

A time to gather stones together

To everything - turn, turn, turn

There is a season - turn, turn, turn

And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time of war, a time of peace

A time of love, a time of hate

A time you may embrace

A time to refrain from embracing

To everything - turn, turn, turn

There is a season - turn, turn, turn

And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time to gain, a time to lose

A time to rend, a time to sew

A time to love, a time to hate

A time of peace, I swear it's not too late!

The Byrds: Turn, Turn, Turn (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)

There is a season, God keeps reminding me, for everything under Heaven. I am thankful for the reminder.

As the leaves outside don their brilliant array of colors and the weather snaps a colder breeze, the physical changing of the season mimics my thoughts. There is such a bitter sweetness for me in Autumn. And so it is when I feel the Lord telling me that a season is coming to and end...it is always bitter-sweet. But just as autumn turns to winter in perfect time, so the Lord's timing in my life is perfect as well.

The trees finish their season in grace and beauty...it's their grand finale. I too, want to finish with a graceful grand finale as He transitions me into the next season He is already preparing. A pastor once told me that how you finish one area is how you will begin the next area. In other words, if we let the changing of seasons become ugly and bitter...the following season will be tainted by its ugliness.

A graceful grand finale...that is my desire as I move to the next season.

I so hope the fingerprint  I leave behind will be beautiful and grace-filled...not a bitter taste lingering. So I pray for graciousness, for wisdom, for Truth to reign supreme and above all...for God to work out the details. I don't know what God is planning...it's always something GREAT...but I am content and happy to follow. I struggle to stay focused on His will, at times...but that is part of being human. I am frustrated that I can't plan everything out...but that, too, is human. I want to quit early, earlier than His perfect timing as ordained...again, my flesh crying out to get its way. What good does it do to train for a race and only run 7/8th of it? NONE Good! (As I always say at home)

So I wait as my colors change and pray for a beautiful display for the grand finale.

How are you handling change in your life. Are you kicking and screaming? Do you feel Lost and Confused? Are you resting in His will? When God moves you, and He will, rest in knowing for everything there is a season.

How do I handle change? Three things must happen in my life for me to change gracefully.

  1. Resist the urge to entertain the enemy's lies that make me feel inadequate. "You couldn't hack it," or "So-and-so will be so much better at this." I must always remember that Satan is the Father of ALL lies.
  2. Stand firm against fearing the unknown. I intentionally take time to reminisce about what the Lord has already accomplished through me as I have been faithful in prior seasons.
  3. Ask the Lord for HIS perspective and rejoice with Him as he is moving me into a new and glorious season of life and service.

If you too, are feeling a season of change in your life...take a moment to rejoice that you are in His will and chasing after where He is working. Enjoy the change and rest knowing He is in control. May your transition be more beautiful as the Autumn leaves that usher in the new season.

To Everything...turn, turn, turn

There is a season...turn, turn, turn.

Katie

 

 

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