October 2018: Thought For The Month
Seasons come and go
Early one morning last year, I jumped on my motorbike and rode up to North Wales. It was a sunny morning and the trees were starting to display their autumn leaves. The yellows, browns and reds were quite a sight to behold in the early morning sun.
The autumn colours remind us that the long, warm days of summer are passing and the dark days of winter will soon be upon us. The orderliness of the seasons points us to the faithfulness of God. He has promised, “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” So, we are assured that winter will not last for ever, however cold and dark it may be, that springtime will inevitably come again and the trees and flowers will burst into life.
There are also seasons in our lives. The early years of childhood are full of hope and promise. The seemingly endless energy and enthusiasm of children hold out great potential for their future lives. Then there are our adult years when physical and mental powers are at their height. It is a time for striving to achieve our full potential at home and work. Loving families and homes provide a secure and loving environment for the next generation to be born and thrive.
Then comes the autumn of our lives when mind and body are not so strong and things start to take longer. In the early senior years there can be a beauty and dignity that make it seem that things may continue as they are but, in our hearts, we know that our lives are moving inevitably to their appointed end.
Solomon, who was legendary for his wisdom, wrote, “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them.” It is best to remember God and entrust our lives to him when we are young so that he is at the centre of all we do. But we can also draw near to him in the autumn of our life and find in him the peace we need now and the hope we need for the future. His beautiful creation proclaims that he exists and encourages us to seek him and find him.