Monday, November 15, 2010

What was frozen through is newly purposed


It happens every day, all around us.  Things are constantly moving and ever changing, evolving.  And no one can escape it.  Change isn't necessarily bad, but it's usually {uncomfortable}.  It takes us past that place of knowing and comfort into a deep, dark unknown.

It all depends on the situation, but in general, I'm not a big fan of change.  Something to do with that deep, dark unknowing part that gets me.

*Confession: I'm afraid of the dark.  There, I said it.  I feel liberated.  Sorta.

Lately, a lot of change has been going on.  Aside, of course, from the aging skin that I just can't seem to escape and the fact that my baby girl isn't so much a baby anymore, {change is happening}.  Change in my heart and attitude.  Change at work (well technically my hubby's work, but our ministry).  {Hopefully} a change in my waistline *grin*.  It's inescapable.

All this change has got me thinking, pondering really.  Like I said before, I'm not a big fan of change, pocket change, yes.  But I know that God is using the change to refine me.  I know that God is in the midst of the change. 

The other day I was laying in bed trying to take a nap, but {failing miserably} when God reminded me of a song I have always held dear to my heart.  Every Season by Nichole Nordeman.  I love it.  From the moment I first heard it years ago...we won't say how many years...I have loved it.  It always finds a way to resurface in my life at just the right time.  Usually when I am in "fall" and "winter" and oh so desperately ready for "spring". 

Here's to Spring's arrival.  May it come quickly.  But, in the meantime, I will not {despise} the winter.  Instead, I will brace for the bitter cold winds.  For in that cold, frozen dead tundra, God is making way for new life to enter.  The former things that were dead and frozen through will have new life, new purpose.  They will be green again.

I hope this song touches your heart the way it's touched mine.  If not now, then later, in the midst of your winter.  Because change does happen.  And just like the changing of the seasons, it's inevitable.  Embrace the change and the refining you will go through.  You just might learn something in the process.

Every Season by Nichole Nordeman

Every evening sky, an invitation
To trace the patterned stars
And early in July, a celebration
For freedom that is ours
And I notice You
In children’s games
In those who watch them from the shade
Every drop of sun is full of fun and wonder
You are summer 

And even when the trees have just surrendered
To the harvest time
Forfeiting their leaves in late September
And sending us inside
Still I notice You when change begins
And I am braced for colder winds
I will offer thanks for what has been and was to come
You are autumn 

And everything in time and under heaven
Finally falls asleep
Wrapped in blankets white, all creation
Shivers underneath
And still I notice you
When branches crack
And in my breath on frosted glass
Even now in death, You open doors for life to enter
You are winter 

And everything that’s new has bravely surfaced
Teaching us to breathe
What was frozen through is newly purposed
Turning all things green
So it is with You
And how You make me new
With every season’s change
And so it will be
As You are re-creating me
Summer, autumn, winter, spring

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