I grew up in New York and Pennsylvania, then attended college in Minnesota. So yes, I’m used to experiencing all of the seasons. My granddaughter, on the other hand, grew up and went to college in Florida. Now married, with four children, she lives in Virginia, where she is enjoying the different seasons immensely! Gorgeous fall colors, winter snowfalls, budding spring trees and flowers, and warm summers. It’s all new and enchanting to her and her family.
Of course, there are problems when the seasons are extreme. It’s hard to imagine blizzards while I’m here in Florida this winter. But some folks are dealing with two feet of snow and the devastation that comes with it. Whatever comes our way – snow, fires, heat, floods – we have one constant. God. He is in control and nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:39).
Our friend, Al Smith, wrote a song many years ago that I recorded back in 1972. (Listen here: I Will Greet the Day with Singing).
Here are some of the lyrics:
Tho’ the seasons come and go,
Summer’s sun and winter’s snow,
Tho’ the passing years to earth their changes lend,
There is one whose love so free,
For all time will changeless be,
Jesus always is the same true friend!
Take a look around you today. What do you see of beauty in the season that surrounds you? Then take a look within. How has the Lord manifested the beauty of His love to you? The cross, the resurrection, the promise of Christ’s return, the presence of the Holy Spirit. How can we ever doubt His love? “God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” (Romans 5:5). Are you enjoying His love right now? And while you’re at it, can you enjoy the season, whatever it is? Maybe so, while you listen to the link below. Wow! We’re really going back in the archives today! Is that OK?
“The Soft Winds of Summer”