Change is everywhere. Over the past few weeks, we've watched the greens of summertime slip into autumn colors. We've also watched disastrous events, both natural and man-connived, take precious lives. causing great distress and anxiety. Perhaps in your own personal life, you've experienced a season of change. Illnesses, loss, financial challenges, family strife all are distressing changes. But likewise, events such as the birth of a baby, marriage, or a graduation, while joyful, can lead us to challenging changing seasons as we navigate the new situations.
How do we respond to these shifting seasons? The prophet Daniel records some insightful guidance in his God-inspired writings. Only a young man, Daniel's country is overrun by a godless people who take him and his companions captive, transporting him into a strange land where everything is unfamiliar: different food, language, customs and expectations. Even his name is changed.
Yet consider these truths recorded by Daniel during these days as he reflects on his Lord and Master of the universe.
In short, Daniel acknowledges God's preeminence over all things: nature, kingdoms, rulers and even day and night. God is in complete control. He is watching over the affairs of this world in wisdom that far exceeds that of mere humans.
And this watchful guidance is embedded completely within boundless love. Consider these words from the Psalmist:
So we can, in full assurance, know that no matter what the situation, our loving God knows our struggles and He is in control. In the voice of a loving father tenderly comforting a distraught child, He says:
You and I, then, walking through whatever seasons, changes, situations, uncertainties that surround us, can know that the Master of the universe has all things well in hand. Therefore, we can echo these words in peaceful confidence:
Need a quiet place to rest in the midst of change? Yeah, me too. Thanks be to God the Father for the rest He offers in His arms.
Thank you for reading. Please feel free to share with someone else experiencing change.
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