Lawson writes . . . sharing thoughts and memories

December 8, 2011

The Seasons of Life

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

Well, it is happening to some of us!  We are old enough to recognize the seasons of life.  Grown children, grandchildren, death of parents, the loss of a spouse,  the difficulties of illness, and the restraints of an aging body.  We  could go on.

Some of you have experienced these seasons sooner than others, and some have experienced the seasons coming in rapid succession.  And some of you are beginning to realize the changing seasons.  If you are like I am, I accept that I cannot change the seasons, predict them, or protect myself from them.  However, I am finally getting old enough, or mature enough, to realize that I can control one thing.  I have under my control how I will react to the changing seasons.

I can choose many responses.  I can become a lonely recluse, a grumpy old man, a person of anger, a reservoir of bitterness, a broken spirit who gives up, or even a person who hates life so much that I will exit this world at my choosing.  I can blame a God who made me, I can hate others who have it better, and I can persecute those who love me because of feeling that they should suffer if I do.

But I have made a different choice.  It is not because of wisdom, or age, or maturity, or something within me that gives me an edge.  I have a God in whom I trust.  He has convinced me by faith and experience that I will face nothing that He is not  able to handle.  Oh, yes, He could change the seasons of life I face, but He has  proven that His grace and strength in my life will be more than adequate as I face them.  I do not need to expect defeat, but only a wonderful spirit of overcoming.  I can be the victor over my circumstances by choosing God’s presence in my life and a God I know who cares for me.

Some years ago, I had major surgery to remove a tumor.  As I prepared for hospitalization, I made a sign to place by my bed.  There were several reminders to me.  One was “There is nothing I face today that God and I cannot handle.”  It was followed by Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” 

As we may be battered by the coming seasons, I remind you of another statement I had written on that sign.  “Never allow fright or despair to overshadow your faith.”

I share this in the hope that it might encourage some of you.  Like many of you, my life has been full of joy, but I have experienced, and will continue to experience, some of those difficult seasons.  But, oh, what a peace and confidence I have as I face them!  And it is all because of Him!

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, not any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  (Romans 8:38,39)      “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”  (Isaiah 40:31)



1 Comment »

  1. Pastor Jolly: This is so well written, so true, Life as God planned it would have no aging, but until we reach the height of glory and are with the Lord, we will have these things to contend with. But the wonderful thought is of God being with us no matter where or what we are going through. God bless you and Mrs. Jolly in his precious ways. Doris

    Comment by drswht28 — June 8, 2014 @ 7:04 pm | Reply

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