The Lord encouraged and ministered this to me recently about seasons changing. And dear one, if you are looking forward to a change of season, be encouraged, for it's coming. Because seasons always change. That's how God made it. Nothing on this earth stays the same. Change always comes, for it's inevitable. Frosty winter turns into spring, and the birds start singing, as the flowers begin to bloom. And if you looked back on your life even this year, you might see many changes that happened to you. You just don't notice because well, your always with you. As you go through each day's activities and schedules and you may not see it daily. Just like when you have a small child and you are with that child each day, sometimes you don't notice the little changes in their growth. But someone else comes along that hasn't seen you both in awhile and might say "Wow, she has gotten so big!" God sees the changes, for he always brings good things. Stuff really is happening. Sometimes I will pull out a notebook and remember and write the changes. I especially do this every year at the end of the year. I remember and reminisce about each month and look back at all the different details of what has happened all around my life. From my family to my job, at church, at school. What have I learned this year? What did I go through? What did God accomplish through me? What are the many blessings that God poured out to me and through me to others? What healing happened in me? What freedom did he bring into my life and mind? Ask yourself these questions. Write them all down. Keep track of it. Sometimes we forget what God did and we forget to say thank you.
Trees are planted in one area normally and don't move.
But the tree experiences different seasons that can bring change to it's branches and fruit. Storms, sleet, snow, rain, hail and wind. If the tree is weak, it may break. If the tree is a tiny sapling, it may not make it through the winter. We are like trees in a way. Often times we tell God "Get me out of this trial!" We look for a way out. But that isn't really the answer. The real goal is to strengthen the tree, so that it can withstand any weather that is thrown upon it. The goal is not to escape our problems all the time. Yes God delivers us. But most of the time we have to face the trial and problem, and go through it to the end. We forget that the Lord is right there with us, seeing us through the end. The goal is to become strong in the Lord and in his power. The only way to do that is to draw closer to him, realizing that he is in you and you are in him. You are one. His strength is yours. As long as we live on earth, seasons will come and they will go. We must learn to abide and live in his strength, not our own. He wants us strong, so that we can raise our big huge branches and give cover to those that are broken and weak. He will use us to bring refreshing shade to those that are too weary from life, needing that desperate peace and rest. Our roots must go down deep into the rich soil of his love. The trees that get the most water are the ones that are the lowest, in the valley. That's where the water and the rivers are. We are planted right where God wanted us to be planted. Some wish they lived in another part of the world, others wish they were rich and lived in someone elses shoes. But God gave you your feet, to fit into your own shoes. Be content to be you, and to be the best you that he made you to be.
One that is loved so deeply and perfectly, that they will never be forgotten.
Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands... Isaiah 49:16