Seasons of Change
By Vicki Molinari
On a recent trip, my husband and I drove up the Taconic State Parkway in New York.
We were eager to see the foliage on the trees lining the highway. The various shades of colors were a wonderful display and a sure sign that a new season was soon to approach.
I began to ponder my life and the seasons of which I have walked.
I have experienced joyful times and seasons of triumphant victory. I have walked in times where life just seemed so perfect that words of thanksgiving to God rolled off my lips with ease. I have known seasons of plenty, as the provision of God was bountiful, as well.
What about the painful times of loss or defeat, I thought? Life was hard. There have been dark seasons, where feelings of despair surrounded me. The outcome seemed hopeless. Lean times were also in my life. How could I survive?
I could continue to trust God despite the season in which I was walking. Feelings lie. God is truth so I must run to His word and allow His peace to surround me.
Psalm 143:8 says "Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you".
I must also have a thankful heart. No matter what the season, my praises to God must ring out, loud and strong. I will refuse to focus on defeat, loss or pain, which is paralyzing for me. I will instead look for His blessings and be thankful!
Psalm 107:1 says "Give THANKS to the Lord, for He is Good. His love endures forever".
As we near Thanksgiving, let us have a grateful heart, despite the season in which we walk. We are free! We are a blessed nation and God is near. He will meet you right where you are if you will simply believe He hears your prayers and praises from a thankful heart!