The changing seasons of our lives

Judith Victoria Hensley Plain Thoughts

January 9, 2014

The first day of winter came in on Dec. 21. The seasons changed without much notice on that particular day, but we certainly know the seasons have changed at this point. Winter is upon us. It has been a long time since winter in Harlan County was very convincing, compared to our northern relatives. I think it’s pretty safe to say that winter has found us. Seasons do change whether we are looking for a change or whether we are even aware when the change takes place.

I think it is also like that in the seasons of our lives. Do you know the very day you changed from a child to an adult? Can you mark the calendar for the day you entered into middle age, old age, or the golden years. I doubt it. These seasons have a way of sneaking up on us. We usually don’t notice the gradual change until we are right in the middle of it, and sometimes that comes as a surprise.

I can’t remember when I got my first piece of mail referring to my ability to get a senior citizen’s discount. I was nowhere near being a senior in my mind. I remember picking out a bottle of Centrum Silver vitamins at the pharmacy and when the cashier looked at me, she said, “Honey, you’ve got the wrong vitamins. These are for people over 50.” I wanted to hug her. I was definitely older than that.

In this year of 2014, I believe there are invisible seasons changing for our country, in the church at large, and in my own life. Can you feel something different in the air? I know something is changing, and I pray that it is overall for good.

So many people complain about the state of our nation and the state of affairs in their own lives, but they feel powerless to do anything about it. I know the key to making the difference, for even the lowliest, most insignificant feeling person. It is prayer.

The Bible says in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

I think this is a year that God is calling us to prayer. I believe it is a year that He is calling us to change. I believe it is a new season in the age of man. That’s pretty exciting.

On an individual level, I believe it is a new season coming in my life. There are some dreams I’ve clung to for years, believing that they are part of God’s purpose and destiny for me. I hope to get a book published by a major publisher. I hope to travel to Scotland. I hope to be healthier, stronger, financially smarter, and am open to anything else God brings into my life.

It has dawned on me that I need to stop hoping, talking about, praying about some of these things and start behaving as if I really believe they are going to happen. By doing that, I have already begun to think and behave differently toward those things. I’m saving for Scotland. I’m writing. I’m eating better. Maybe the season in my life has already changed, even if I can’t pinpoint the day it began.

As in every season’s change, time will tell.