Every fall, as the weather starts to cool and it is apparent that sweater and coat season is on its way, I bring out the warm sweaters and clothing that I put away in the spring. Before I hang them back in the closet, I take time to inspect each piece to decide if it is still in good shape or is it too worn or just not my style anymore. After I discard the unwanted pieces, I often realize that I need to find new pieces to refresh my wardrobe.
I get excited as the seasons change and the next season brings refreshment with promises of things to come. It reminds me of the seasons of change and refreshment that God brings as I journey in this life with Him. Along this journey, there have been seasons of great joy, and I knew that God was working in my life (Psalm 33:1). There have also been seasons of great despair when I could not feel His presence, but I knew He was there (Isaiah 12:2). Then there were seasons of quiet peace when His presence filled my days with the assurance of His perfect will in my life (John 14:27). In each of these seasons, God takes the time to remove the pieces in my heart and life that were hindering my walk with Him. It is a time of refreshment, renewing, and rest as He shows me what He has next for me: a new kind of “spiritual wardrobe,” if you will.
Romans 5:1-5 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Your friend in Christ,