Don't you just really enjoy the change of seasons? Great to see all the colors of fall, the snow covered fields of winter, the promise and flowers of spring and the sun & fun of summer. All of God's splendor on display as if the landscape is painted by a sovereign artist!
The seasons provide a cycle of change as does life. For most of us, we go through the same progression as the weather, only as prosperity, disparity, loneliness, fulfillment, joy and pain to just name a few. If we are fortunate, we never stay in the bad moments for too long, there is always a light ahead in the tunnel of darkness.
But sometimes we get stuck on one cycle as our washers and dryers often do when they wear out. We are hard pressed on every side as Paul was in his travels to spread the faith, only it seems like we can't get out of that every day cycle to make a difference. We feel abandoned by God and our closest family and friends. I certainly have not felt that way lately with all the love and support, but I remember when I did, and I remember that feeling that my life would never get better.
Truth is, if we believe, it won't it probably won't. The human mind is a powerful tool which can be used to change any cycle if we point to the faith we have that God will cycle things around. If we read countless passages in the Bible, we see nothing but hope, hope and more hope, so when we get down, when life doesn't seem fair, God has an answer. Problem is, we usually don't, so we must wait on his cycle change as a change of seasons, or we will miss the season.
Read Ecclesiastes, there is always a time for something else, a time for every purpose unto heaven, and surely a time to dance through the good times.
But, as always when dancing, it's good to have someone lead who doesn't step all over you!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.