Yet another summer has slipped away, remaining only a memory. Just like nature, the seasons of our lives changing is inevitable; it doesn’t always happen with our consent, however. With any season of change in our life, we can be tempted to hold on to what was. Change isn’t always comfortable. But grasping onto the past blinds us. We pine for something that was and that brought us to the present. Focusing on the past doesn’t allow us to see the work that God is doing with the now.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 reminds us that “there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” In our lives, just as in nature, the seasons are purposeful. The seasons allow the old to die and make room for new growth. We must trust in the wisdom of God as we navigate seasons of change. We don’t always know why we are being asked to make certain changes. There are seasons when we don’t choose change. Yet we can trust in the wisdom of God.
One key to navigating a season of change is gratitude. We must be grateful for the memories of the past and the ways in which we were shaped. Even if we are not particularly happy with our present circumstances, we must also be grateful for these. One day we will look back and see how we were able to grow closer to the best version of ourselves. Another key to change is openness. If we are not open to the new, then we cannot accept the blessings and teachings it brings. Some people thrive on change; others push against it and wish that life could remain comfortably the same. We must remember that the only thing that is unchanging is Christ.
In this season of change, I will be saying goodbye to writing a monthly article for Ignitum Today. I am so thankful for this community of writers, readers, and dialoguers. It has been a joy to share this journey with you. I pray that we may all continue to seek wisdom and truth in all that we think and do. May we all trust in Divine Wisdom in every circumstance of our lives and readily embrace the changing seasons of our lives.