June Pastor Letter: April showers bring May flowers: Blossoming our faith in new seasons of life.
April 28, 2021 | Mackenzie Phillips
I’ve always loved the change of the seasons. There is something beautiful about how creation shifts and changes so seamlessly. It’s almost as if creation was made for change, growth, and adaptation. Creation seems to like the change in seasons, be made new and beautiful in due time. The trees and flowers are about to spring into full bloom, and this is both a beautiful and anticipatory event, as it marks the closing of what seems to be a dreary and cold season. I wonder if we forget that we, too, are made to shift, change, and grow in new seasons of life?
During the last year, we have had to shift and change in many new and unusual seasons. We’ve had to change from its distracted and independent world to a slow-paced, reflective, and connected world. This season and its numerous shifts and changes have caused each of us to be challenged, grieve, and sometimes grow painfully and unwillingly.
Much like Ecclesiastes 3 reminds us, God’s work remains forever: yes, that means even changes and shifts of seasons. We are on the brink of transformation into a new season: from winter to spring, transition into a post-pandemic world, and a continued collective effort for social and political change.
As we see a change in seasons, may we remember the words of Ecclesiastes 3: 10- 11: 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
As we enter this new season, may we remember the work God is doing and seek to blossom our faith in new ways that continue to challenge and help us grow into Christ-likeness. Here are some practical steps we can take together:
Continue to pray through the transition.
Prayer can be powerful but often uncomfortable for many of us as flowers. However, throughout the scriptures, we see numerous examples of how God is faithful in prayer. Hannah is infertile, and she prays desperately for a son. So Hannah pleaded with God for a son, promising to give him back to the Lord. Sure enough, she gave birth to a son named Samuel, who became one of the greatest prophets in Israel’s history. Peter was in prison for preaching the gospel; the church prayed for his release. One night, an angel appeared in Peter’s jail cell and led him out of prison, through doors and past guards. Peter arrived at Mary’s house, where the church was gathered praying. These are just a few of the many examples of God’s faithfulness to us in any season if we call out to Him in prayer.
Let your Bible be your best friend.
As followers of Christ, in any circumstance, our first action should be to consult the Word. If we say we want to live a Christ-centered life, we cannot do this if we don’t open our Bibles and learn its truth. No pastor or Sunday morning worship service can teach you all you need to live a life centered on trusting God. So in seasons of transition, open your bible, consult the scriptures, learn the absolute truth of God in your circumstances, not just what you think the reality is from that verse you read four years ago.
The best thing about our bibles is that there is an index. We don't have to be biblical scholars or theologians to make use of our bible. I guarantee if you open your bible to the index, you can find a word, emotion, or topic that relates to your situation. You are instantly brought to numerous stories and scriptures that you can consult. Let us in this time consult the word, may it be our guide, our companion, our best friend.
Find a safe community/place and share your story
In our different seasons, we were never meant to navigate them alone. The highs and lows of these seasons are things we can share. Find your safe space and community that you can share in the highs and lows of changing seasons. Event. Share your story with a small group, fellow church members, or those you care about.
May we embrace the challenges, growth, and blessings that God brings in the changing and blossoming of new seasons.
Pastor Mackenzie Phillips