The swirling mix of seasons

God created seasons – both in our lives and for the planet.

Five months ago, we were in the depths of winter and a seemingly hopeless phase of the pandemic.

Now, as suburban Denver is the greenest I’ve ever seen and people are starting to publicly gather again, there seems to be a rising sense of optimism.

We cannot predict the length of some seasons. How long until your baby starts talking? How long until your relationship is healed, if ever?

But God knows, and we can rest in Him.

“For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory (Psalm 84:11a).”

You’ll notice the writer did not say when God will give us grace and glory.

God is our sun – providing what we need to grow and flourish. And He’s our shield – protecting us from harm.

God sometimes acts in unpredictable ways – we can’t determine when the sun will shine nor whether we’ll be protected from everything.

But God does act. And God is love (1 John 4:16).


Paul Merrill writes here every First Friday.

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