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Screen Shot 2018-09-22 at 4.52.03 PMThe leaves are changing, falling.

The sun struggles to come up, rushes to go back down.

The birds fly, no longer lazily on their own, but determinedly with others.

Air is not longer stifling, motionless, but moving and with a chill.

The season of harvest is coming to an end.

Autumn has fallen onto our laps.

It is a season of change.

About a year ago I sat in a coffee shop, sipping a warm drink with a woman of great character, reputation and heart. We shared stories of our children, our hubbies, ourselves. We listened, we laughed, we shared what God was teaching us.

It was then that I shared a secret that I felt that God had been whispering to me. I told her of how for days, weeks really, I had a sense of change in the air. Not just change, but a sense of foreboding, that what might be coming might also not be desired, good, or pleasant. That was not all, I also had the most unexpected sense of peace.

Change, whether in the form of seasons of the year, or seasons of life, is inevitable and carries with it both anticipation and dread. Change means our normal is no longer our normal.

There is something interesting in the falling of leaves. Their falling is ultimately caused by lack of daylight, which signals change to the trees. The minerals in the leaves travel to the branches. Eventually the leaves change color, then fall, leaving the tree naked and lifeless … just what it needs to be as it enters the dormant winter season. Then, as winter comes to an end, those stored minerals do their work, and buds form on the branches, heralding new life, a new season.

Changes in our lives can also seem to usher us into dark, lifeless, or dormant seasons. Yet, we can be assured that there is always a spring that follows the darkness, the cold of winter.

“For You have tried us, O God;
You have refined us as silver is refined.”
Psalm 66:10

 

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There is a yin and yang to most, it not all, portions of our life and living.

Where there is weakness in one area,

there co-exists strength nearby.

Where there is sadness in one area,

there is joy close by.

Where there is foolishness in abundance,

just around the corner, there is supreme knowledge and wisdom.

It would seem that there is an ongoing co-existence of opposites in our lives, but does that have to be the way we interpret it?

Ecclesiastes 3 is full of such ‘opposites’ :

“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.”

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As we read through these comparisons we cannot simply read them, and see them as opposites. They are also complements …

– like the colors on an artists color wheel, that which is directly across, actually enhances the other.
– like the rotation of the earth around the sun, bringing day then night.

When we hear of a death, as well as a birth, in the same family, in the same week … the birth is made more beautiful, more dear the breath of life, and the sting of death can be diminished by the joy of new life.

When we weep, with great sorrow in our hearts, words from a friend that allow us to also experience a deep belly laugh are words of freedom from the weight of sorrow.

To uproot cam be to reap the benefits of planting.

Sometimes, the only way for peace to reign, is from the effects of war.

In these contrasting complements, there is also a promise, and assurance, that we frequently forget as we read … as we live. This promise comes at the beginning of these verses, and again at the end … hum, it is repeated … maybe it is that which we should write a song about, rather than the verses which became a great seller for Pete Seeger.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: Ecclesiastes 3:1

“God has made everything beautiful for its own time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11a

In both verse 1 and verse 11a, there is a great reminder … there is beauty in all situations, and all situations have a season … a beginning and an end.

This tough time that you might be going through … causing you to weep, or mourn, or be silent, or feel as though death itself is preferable … it had a beginning, and it will have an end. And when it has had it’s season, soak up the complementary season, and look back to see the bright light that the ‘dark side’ has brought you.

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b3a692b86b517f2c33603560c9842275The seasons are about to change with the calendar this coming weekend.

The carefree days of the hot summer sun have already been traded in for blustery winds, falling leaves and a chill or dampness in the air.┬áThe daylight is diminishing, drawing us innately to huddle in our homes like a caterpillar to it’s cocoon.

Soon we will be scanning for recipes to fill eager tummies when we bow and give thanks.

Followed by the night of dressing up as who we are not.

Followed by remembering those who gave fragments of their days, turning into all of their lives, for freedom.

And then the Christmas season of anticipating, hoping, waiting.

We are always going to be waiting …

As this season of darkness draws upon us, and our days, it is sometimes difficult to remember the light. When life’s circumstances may be equally dark and dismal, it is then that waiting for the return of the light can get nearly unbearable.

But …

The New Year will come.

The day of lovers will arrive.

The break in the spring will happen.

Dead roots in the ground, hard and lifeless in their dirty humus.

Humus … “A brown or black organic substance consisting of partially or wholly decayed vegetable or animal matter that provides nutrients for plants and increases the ability of soil to retain water” (freedictionary.com).

Life … from death.

And then the Easter season of death and rising will transform into one of new promise.

The One we have been waiting for.

But this season …

… these are the days of being still and knowing, not that we are waiting for Him, but that He IS God …

… even while we wait.

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