A Change of Season
10My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. 11For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; 12The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; 13The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. (Song of Solomon 2:10-13)
In this time of scarcity, fear, politically motivated meanness, neglect of the poor, betrayal of public education, “respectable” racists and racism, moral failure of nerve and nerveless leadership, confusion in the church, shallow sentimentality masquerading as authentic spirituality, economic deprivation, excessive incarceration, unemployment, military over-deployment, bigotry and blindness; it is reassuring to know that it is only for a season and seasons do change. Winter, however stubborn, cannot remain longer than its appointed time. However blustering its winds or bitter its cold it will have to retreat before the surging forces of life that return with a vengeance in Spring. Seasons change.
Sometimes it appears like our lives are stuck in a rut. A run of bad luck, unmet challenges, a bout with illness, a troubled child, an economic down turn, a big bump on our career path etc… can all make our condition, mood seem permanent. It can render us lethargic and hopeless. Some of us may even slip into cynicism and quiet despair. We have seasons in our lives. But just like the cycles of nature, the seasons of life change as well. They have no set time to change however. And that is good news! We don’t have to wait for some distant date on some predetermined calendar. True, sometime we have to wait longer than others and occasionally we have to wait a long time; but that need not always be the case. God can bring in a change of season at any time. He can bring the sweet breezes off the hillsides of life, sweeping in from those spaces far out of view, to refresh your life and revive your hopes and aspirations just when you think all may be lost. He will bring the warmth and the warm glow of growth, optimism and energy that makes your life flourish and alive. When you are in the universe of God’s will, take heart and know that seasons change and God, not chance, rules the rhythms of life. In these trying times it’s just good to know… Spirit Matters.
A Friend of the Crucified,