To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heavens…
Change. There aren’t many people in this world that like that word or what it’s going to mean for them and their lives; but change happens, it is inevitable. Honestly, change really is a good thing. Now, there are things that we wish wouldn’t change and that’s not bad, we don’t want to lose our loved ones, we don’t like to see our children grow up, and we hate to see our communities change as well; but as long as the earth spins, these events will come to pass. What if things always remained the same? How would we feel then? What if the world was in a continual state of spring or fall? What if deer season never became turkey season? What if it never warmed up enough to fish? What if we never grew in our Christian life? What if we always remained children? What would happen good or bad, if things never changed? I don’t think we would be happy with that scenario either, so it’s best that change occurs.
I thought of that recently as I looked around our neighborhood and noticed all of the leaves beginning to turn colors. Not all of them have begun their yearly transformation, but some have. Some have already turned to a brilliant red or yellow, some have already lost most of their color and have fallen to the ground, and some are still as bright green as they were in August. The seasons in our lives are much the same way, some seasons are still bright and colorful, some are beginning to change and fall away, and yet others have already ended and returned to the earth.
Not too long ago another season of change began for us; we left our home church in Lynch to find one a little closer to where we live in Kingsport. This was not an easy decision for us to make, the Lynch Church of God was the only church that Emma and I had ever known; but after two years of prayer and seeking Gods will, we felt that He had given us His blessing to begin the search. So we have, I don’t know where we will end up; but we have begun looking and praying about where He wants us. This change like all the others was not without some pain and sorrow, we all will miss our friends and family at Lynch and we’ll miss coming home every Sunday. I’ll miss sitting outside the church before Sunday school talking to my good friends Henry Cornett and Tim Pennington; we mined a lot of coal, and hunted a lot of deer and turkeys outside sitting on the stone wall in front of the church. Those weekly visits with them meant a lot to me, even though we had moved being there with them on Sunday mornings made me feel as though we had never left; I was able to keep up with all the latest hunting and four-wheeling news by talking with them.
As you read through the Bible, I think you will find that God likes change, because honestly nothing, other than Him and His love for us has remained the same since the beginning of time. He longs for us to change as well, especially after we have accepted Him into our lives. He expects us to change even as we follow after Him; He doesn’t want or need us to remain that same Christian we were the day we were saved, He needs us to grow up and become mature so we can be effective in the Kingdom of Heaven and pass on what we have learned to those that will come after us.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, don’t be afraid of change, but don’t go looking for it either. Trust God. When it’s time for you to move He’ll let you know; and if He wants you to remain where you are at for a few seasons, enjoy the view, it may never look the same again.