I like fall with the cooler weather and beautiful trees. The harvesting of crops, hunting season opens. Although the cold dark winter days are just around the corner, autumn's transitions are beautiful to observe.
Romans 12:2 speaks of transitions. It says, "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." The definition of transition is: the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another. Transformation is a synonym of transition. Here's how The Jerusalem Bible says it, "Do not model yourselves on the behavior of the world around you, but let your behavior change, modeled by your new mind."
We notice the changes of seasons most I think, in the spring and fall. The spring into summer and fall into winter seems less pronounced and yet, there is still the change. For we believers in Jesus Christ, our change, transition or transformation, ought to be visible. Unlike the seasons however, our transformation has the potential to be more linear. That is, a steady progression into maturity in Christ. And yet the natural changes of the seasons seems a helpful reminder that change is inevitable and good. Constantly becoming more mature as a believer is a good thing as well.
That Romans passage goes on, "Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will." Again the Jerusalem Bible puts it this way, "This is the only way to discover the will of God and know what is good, what it is that God wants, what is the perfect thing to do." This is a basic truth in Scripture and yet we often forget it's there. Maybe we don't really want to be transformed because we like things as they are. But as surely as seasons change we must as well.
At the end of the proverbial tunnel there is God. At the end of the season there is God. Of course God is there all the time, He alone is unchanging because He is holy and good and just and truth and so much more! My prayer for myself, for you and for our congregation is that we desire to see what's next in God's plan for us. To anticipate His work in our lives and how will he use us?
Have a great fall!