When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth. Gen 9:16 (ESV)
We need rain and we didn’t get any the day of the rainbow. There was rain nearby but none of it fell on our property. Before the streak ended, we had 11 consecutive days of 100+ degree temperatures. It is miserable outside and it is dry.
This is the grass in my front yard. Drought does not kill Texas grass, it goes dormant. It may look dead but it will come back when there is rain.
The trees do better because they have deep roots and have seen many Texas summers but there is no grass for the sheep.
Right now, all they have to eat is the hay.
Many times our lives feel like this. It is hot, dry and no rain. You might be miserable because of your job, money troubles, marriage issues or many other problems. Whatever your situation, you feel that God has left you in a hot, barren place with no food. And it goes on day after day after day with no change. You feel like this is your lot in life, you are stuck here.
Now, you have a choice. You can stay stuck in your thinking that you will be here forever or you can realize that seasons change.
This is my what my neighbor’s field looks like the spring. It doesn’t look like that now, it looks more like my front yard. The change happened in three months time. By late fall our grass will be green again. We grow a variety of grass called Winter Rye. If I showed you a picture of the grass in December, you wouldn’t believe it. It is green, lush and beautiful.
The Bible gives us the truth that seasons and times change. If you are in a hard, miserable place right now. You will not stay there forever. You may feel that way but it will come to an end. Seasons change.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
This week, we got 3/4 of an inch of rain and there is more in the forecast for the next few days. The weather forecasters say that the temperatures in August should be cooler than usual. That means the mid to low 90’s instead of 100+. The seasons have not changed but it has started.
What about you? How do you see the seasons changing in your life? I would love to hear your comments.