Change is coming–I can feel it in the air. The scents of crisper days–the blessings of cooler weather after a lovely, yet hot summer. September has to be one of my favorite times of the year. It’s a promise that soon the heat will dissipate, the days will become shorter, and the oaks will explode in a magnificent display of fiery hues.
Then, after a deep frost or the season’s first freeze, the wind will howl and snap the last remaining leaves from the trees. Winter has arrived. For the next several weeks the earth will be harsh like a merciless army, producing little and wiping out anything that raises it’s head to live. The fowls of the air, the beasts of the land, the fish in the waters, and you and I will take cover to find a respite from winter’s realities.
Then one day, the sun will rise gloriously in the sky, the flocks of birds will return to their nests, sprouts will form and buds will leaf out–spring has come. Spring is God’s assurance that life comes after death.
Spring is God’s assurance of lasting change.
Spring is like the prodigal child who returns after seasons of being lost. Children become lost for a variety of reasons in a variety of ways. What matters is that they have returned.
It was once explained to me how I could tell if someone had truly changed. People are like trees: in the various seasons of their lives they make choices for better or for worse. These decisions are their leaves and make up the characteristics of who they are. When a person has made the decision to change they become like autumn, changing their colors. When they put off the things holding them back from change they become like the tree in winter losing its leaves. In the springtime, if the changes they have made are real, lasting changes, then they come back to life with renewed growth and vigor. If not, then they are the tree that never comes out of winter’s dormancy or that struggles to live in the new year.
Like the Seasons, We Too Must Change
Fortunately, God is always ready for us to come back with open arms. He wants us to change so we can have a good relationship with Him. It is our sins, pride, and disobedience that keep us from having that close relationship with the Spirit. God wants us to change or repent. Repentance removes the obstacle that allows God to work in our lives.r
Repentance is lasting change.
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
“For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.” Luke 15:24
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