Today is the 24th of August, it is a cool 59 degrees, and I am on my front porch enjoying the morning solitude. A high-pressure system to our north has created a wind that is bringing a flow of cold Canadian air over the Adirondacks and into our region. As I sit here pondering the summer I have experienced, it is clear to me how rapidly it is passing by. That nip of Fall in the air, and the fact that the morning sun is just now turning the sky a pale blue, tells me how much daylight we have already lost since Summer began. Like it or not, good summer or bad, time has passed and I must get prepared, because change is in the win
What I mean is, Fall will arrive right on schedule, no matter what I say or do. I cannot stop its arrival. Don’t misunderstand what I just said. I love the brisk Fall mornings, and the amazing change of color. It’s a time of great nostalgia for me. Wood smoke in the air, the smell of apple pies in the oven and the distant sound of a shotgun blast on the hillside, are all reminders of my childhood. I am transported into the past when Fall hunting season was our time of provision. We filled the freezer with meat, and put on the storm windows to keep out the coming cold. In September and October, everything was made right, and made ready, for the winter storms that were going to come. By November we were safe, secure, stocked with provisions, and prepared for whatever might come our way. It was a powerful expression of meeting life head on, and winning.
Life in the Fall season was good, but it was filled with a necessary change, a demarcation point that no one could avoid. It was the time of a needful shift from the sunny, easy, fun days of summer, to the full awareness that we either had to get ready, or suffer the consequences and get left behind. There was no plan “B”, and if you did not do what had to be done, your life would soon take a turn for the worse. Others might help you in a moment of need, but ultimately, no one was going to carry you forever in the things you should have taken care of yourself. As the old saying goes, “Fail to prepare? Prepare to fail!”.
What about you? How comfortable are you with the winds of change? Do you recognize them, and embrace the purpose for which they have come? Do you fight to hold on to what is passing away, regardless of the cost? Many cling in desperation to what must come to an end, simply because they don’t like the feeling of losing control. The future is always filled with unknown elements, and that can be a scary thing. Mothers cling to their children, not wanting them to move away from home. Fathers hold on to their daughters so tightly they prevent them from being happily married. Bosses will not promote deserving employees, in fear they will be better leaders. The list is endless, the casualties are real, but the winds of change come anyway, and life moves on, with or without you.
If you are entering a season of change, this is not the time to “double down” and hold tight to what was. If you do whatever it takes to hang on to what is passing away, you will miss out on the blessing of what is yet to come. History is filled with powerful examples of this life-changing principle. For instance, in the late 1800’s thousands of buggy and wagon makers stubbornly held to making their products. Why? Because they knew people had always and would always need their product. Because they had hindsight and not foresight, they missed their golden opportunity. One family, however, felt the winds of change, and embraced the shift that was coming. They geared up for a different kind of “buggy” that no longer used a horse, but used horsepower. That family’s last name…… Ford!
Are your feeling the winds of change sweep over your life right now? My suggestion is that you relax, take it to prayer, and trust God. Those of us who have an active relationship with the Lord know the tremendous advantage He gives in every season of life. His favor, if we know how to access it, sets us up for growth, maturity, blessing and success. We are not alone in any change, and His promise is that He will never leave us or forsake us. So, let the winds come, and when they do, hoist your sail and take advantage of where He wants to blow you next. For the Christian, life is an adventure to be fully lived, and every change is simply part of the fun.
If the winds of change tend to overwhelm you, perhaps it’s because you don’t yet know the God who loves you, and goes with you through that change. His name is Jesus, and He is the love of God poured out for you. He is the One who will fill your heart with peace, your life with purpose and your fears with joy. He will forgive you, wash away your sins and give you peace. He is what you have been looking for your whole life, and never knew it. Why not surrender your life and heart to Him today? He is the answer to all of life’s storms. If you will talk to him from your heart, the winds of change will come, and you will thank God for where they take you. Your other option is to be like the buggy makers, and miss the amazing blessing God has for you. The choice is up to you!