Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith...
(Hebrews 12:2a, NIV)
Sigh... It’s that time of the year when the days grow shorter and ever so cooler, and I decide if it’s time to store away my slalom water ski. Summer is not quite over, and Autumn is peaking in. My husband loves the Fall and its breezy days. Not me. The wind
makes the water too choppy to ski well. (Not that I ski all that well.) “You can still ride your bike,” Gary said. “I know, but it’s not the same.” I replied wistfully. “Well,” he said “we live in Georgia and the seasons change.” Sigh...So, I went for a bike ride.
As I was riding, it occurred to me, change of seasons is part of life, no matter where you live because the living of life is always changing. God made it inherent in all of creation. Our life stages – baby, toddler, adolescent, teenager, young adult, middle age, older adult – regularly bring transitions where, we are not quite over one season before the next begins peeking in.
But, life circumstances are probably where we feel seasonal change the most. When it comes to the natural seasons of the year – summer, fall, winter and spring – we know what to expect. When it comes to the seasons of life, no one knows what lies ahead. We aren’t always as prepared. In fact, the only thing we can count on in these changing seasons are “expect the unexpected.” As my mind wandered back to water skiing, it occurred to me we are not without help.
A fundamental principle of water skiing is wherever you look, that is the direction you will move. You are instructed to level your gaze and fix your eyes on the spot you want to ski to and not let your eyes wander. Otherwise, you’ll feel off balance, which takes you off course and a likely crash. Hebrews 12:2 is a good word for us and for the church. Fixing our eyes on Jesus is central to the Christian life. We don’t look to Christ in faith to be saved and then look to ourselves to figure which way to go... Whatever season of life you find yourself, if you fix your eyes on Jesus, he will help you stay level and on course. Happy sigh...
Thank you for the seasons of life you give us. May we live into and out of them as Jesus leads us.
In His Word,
Reverend Dee Dee Lawson