The days are getting shorter, the nights are beginning to get cooler and we all are beginning to having thoughts of the fall season. It seems that no matter who you visit with they are enjoying the weather and the beauty of the season, unless you are one of the many allergy sufferers, but even then we like the change that fall brings . We love fall, but the fall season represents change. The trees begin changing and the skies begin filling with migratory birds heading south for the winter. Darkness is overtaken by the lights of football stadiums and the smell and joy of pumpkin begins to resonate within us.
For just a moment I want you to think about that word change. Change for the most part has become an ugly word in our vocabulary; we say we don’t like change, in fact the Duke of Cambridge in the late 1800s said, “Any change, at any time, for any reason, is to be deplored” and we would generally have to agree with him. However, when we begin to examine the many types and examples of change we discover that there are many changes that we do enjoy. We love it when a cocoon becomes a butterfly, we love it when a baby speaks its first word, we love it when the weather gets cooler, we love it when the trees turn from green to brilliant reds, yellows and oranges. Change we discover is great when we look at it in the right context.
There is no better context to think of change than the change that happened within our lives when we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We changed instantly from being full of sin, being lost and without hope to having life, joy and happiness along with the assurance of life eternal. I love the words to the hymn that we sing, Since Jesus Came Into My Heart, the first line begins, ‘What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought, since Jesus came into my heart.” That is a change we can believe in, a change we can and must celebrate!
Because We're His,
Pastor Michael Tunnell