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Weekly Devotionals

Seasonal Changes

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NIV

As a new season called summer is upon us, there will be many changes, such as the weather is going to be hotter, the air is going to be more humid, our bodies will become sweatier and stickier, and the streets of Seoul may become stinkier.

Whenever there is a change in a season, there comes changes that we may not fully welcome, such as saying goodbyes to friends and family, having to adjust to new surroundings or circumstances, or dealing with disappointment of your plans not working out.

In Korea, there is a clear distinction between the 4 seasons – spring to summer, summer to fall, fall to winter, and winter to spring. I’ve been through these changes already for 12 years yet no matter how many times I go through it, it doesn’t make it any easier.

Though I find myself looking at all the negative things about seasonal changes such as allergies, climate change, or having to completely clear out your closet because my winter clothes take up too much space due to its puffiness, I’m reminded of the good things that come, too.

In the spring, I love the flowers. In the summer, I love being able to go to the Han river and having a picnic in the shade. In the fall, I love the colors that the foliage paints. In the winter, I love walking on snow and hearing the sound my steps create.

I myself am going through a change in my personal life: I quit my job, my family is moving, my wife is going back to work for the first time in several years, my daughter will enter a new daycare, and more.

There are worries and fears that come with this new season but just as I am reminded that a change in seasons may bring unwanted or unfavorable changes, so it too may bring unexpected and wonderful changes.

I am already looking forward to how this new season in life will stretch and shape me for the better.

In addition to changes, I am also reminded of something really good, and that is that in the midst of so many changes, I believe in a God who is ever so constant and never changing. My God is, was, and will always be good.

Where are you right now? Did you enter into a new season? Perhaps right in the middle of the new season? Preparing to exit a current one?

Wherever you are, I hope you are not being consumed by the emotions and circumstances that may discourage and distract you from the good changes that are being made or to come. So this week, I want to invite you to take the time to reflect on what God may be doing in the very season you are in. If there are any doubts, worries, or fear, let God know. On the flipside, if you see goodness and blessings, let God know. Either way, take this week to pray to God thanking him for being who He is no matter what season you may be in.