The devotion on June 14 drew attention to the Azalea bush in our yard. At the time it was covered with beautiful red blossoms, though some were beginning to drop. Today, there are no signs of blossoms. The bush is now covered with green leaves and remains of blossoms. It’s a sign of the end of summer and the beginning of fall. It’s a sign of the change of season.
I must admit I’m sad summer is ending. Oh, I prefer the cooler evenings, I’m glad that there are fewer bugs, and I’m relieved that the air is fresher and much needed rain answers the cry of so many facing terrifying forest fires. But I do like summer. I know I’ll soon say how much I like fall. Each season brings its own beauty.
Psalm 74:17 says of God, “It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.” Acts 14:17 says that God “has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with food and fills your hearts with joy.” In other words, the change of seasons is a sign of God’s sovereignty and authority. As Creator, he has determined the rhythm of the universe, this world, even our lives. And the change of seasons reminds us of God’s provision – he gives us our daily bread. God is worthy of worship.
Just as significant are Jeremiah 8:7 and Daniel 2:21. Jeremiah 8:7 is a rebuke: “Even the stork in the sky knows her appointed seasons, and the dove, the swift and the thrush observe the time of their migration. But my people do not know the requirements of the Lord.” If birds can understand the seasons, surely God’s people should understand the Lord’s commands. Similarly, Daniel 2:21 says God “changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.” The change in season illustrates God’s power over politics and world events, but also God’s offer of wisdom to those who are open to receive it. Both these verses remind us that the change in season is not merely a result of change in the orbit of the earth around the sun and the shift in average temperature; the change in season is a call to a closer walk with Jesus, a greater openness to God’s truth, a deeper willingness to listen to Jesus.
This bush has lost the blossoms from earlier in the year. It’s a natural result of the change of season. As we enter Fall, let’s renew our commitment to the Lord of Heaven and Earth, the sovereign God who blesses us with his provision, who calls us to devoted discipleship, who brings us to our knees in worship at the signs of his glory and goodness.
視頻大意翻譯(video Chinese translation):
Grace and peace