Seeking His Presence by Teresa A. LeNeave;There is a loud speaker in your ears – are you listening?
Teresa A. LeNeave
Everything in creation proves eternal life is real.
I was just sitting outside watching the sun go down and couldn't help but think about such a wonderful world God has created. There are few things more beautiful than a multi-colored red, orange, blue and purple sunset and its brilliance. Mix the beauty of a glorious sunset with the splendor of autumn colors and you’ve found a picture-perfect twosome.
Now think about this: Right after a breath-taking sunset, dusk throws a wet blanket on all that color and splendor painting everything with a gray tone. In scant minutes, the world takes on the colors of gray, midnight blue, and finally blackness. I am reminded of Solomon's words in Ecclesiastes that says, "Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever. The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises." He adds, "There is a season for every activity under the sun. A time to mourn; and a time to dance; a time to keep and a time to throw away; a time to be silent and a time to speak; a time for war and a time for peace; a time to weep and a time to laugh" (Eccl. 3). Everything has its season of splendor.
So it is with seasons of our lives. Each season has it's time of splendor. The most obvious feature of autumn is the change in trees as leaves fade from green to red, to yellow and finally to brown. Every season of that leaf, has a beauty all its own. Eventually, the leaf falls to the ground and dies. The good news is that “While the leaves are dying, new life is springing forth within the tree in preparation for the spurt of next season’s growth.” Isn’t that so like God to keep things moving forward?
Creation has a language and if we listen to it, it can strengthen our faith. What kind of language am I talking about? It's the lessons ... the lessons that every heart can learn from God’s creation. What can the seasons teach us? The most obvious lesson is that the “nature of nature”, is change.
Second, and maybe the most important, is that all creation has a natural bend for reproduction and multiplication.
As Christians we share the same nature. It is the ‘nature of nature’ to change, and it is God's plan that we reproduce and multiply in the middle of change. God works in ways that we cannot comprehend. You see, with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).
In 1876, a Western Union memo said, "The 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us" ... Well, that proved to be wrong!
When speaking about flying, in 1895, Lord Kelvin, Royal Society president said, "Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible". That proved untrue as well.
In 1943, Thomas Watson, IBM CEO, said, "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." … Wrong! Just 70 years later, it’s not uncommon for one home to have five computers!
Isn't that how life is? It’s always changing seasons.
Are the changing seasons sent for lessons to teach us hope? (Beauty will appear again). Are the changing seasons meant to teach us to wait; to be patient? (Just wait, change is coming). Are the seasons meant to teach us to prepare? (Make plans, now, for change because it will come).
Most of the "big" things in our lives like TVs, telephones, electricity and airplanes were declared impossible before they were actually done. Just remember, with God nothing is impossible. It may take time, but it will change.
God spares nothing in order to teach us his ways. If nothing else, we should learn that seasons are like a loud speaker that proclaims eternal life is real. Hope for it. Wait patiently and prepare for it.
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