Daniel said: “Blessed be the name of God from age to age, for wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons, deposes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with him.
Growing up as a Florida native, I never got to experience much in the way of changing seasons. Sure, we had hot summers and more pleasant winters and springs, but nothing like what you see on TV or hear about for our northern neighbors. I think of Florida seasons more like “hurricane season” and “snowbird season.” It wasn’t until Loli and I attended seminary in Virginia and then served at our first calls in South Carolina that we got to experience a more significant changing of the seasons. I love living in Florida, but I must admit that I miss the changing of the seasons. There was something to the rhythm of life and the reminder of the passing of time. For me, the leaves falling, bundling up for snow, seeing new flowers and buds appear, and then enjoying the warm days and delicious fruits of summer where all reminders of God’s providence. God set this all in motion and is still in charge of it all. Regardless of how pronounced the seasons are, I still take great comfort in the reminders of how God is in control. I hope today that you will join me in celebrating God’s providential care and graciously enjoying the fact that ultimately God is in charge.
Holy God, You are a God of all times and all seasons. We thank You that You are in charge. Forgive us for the times we think we know best, know what needs to be done, or know how someone else should act. Strengthen us to rely on Your grace and love and to appreciate Your plan for our lives. Amen.