Falling leaves and somewhat cooler breezes (I live in Florida) remind me that seasons change, and time passes.
Flowers that I rejoiced over in Spring now look a little worse for wear. We put away the hummingbird feeder today knowing that they are moving on to other locales for the winter. Mornings are dawning later, and the sun is setting earlier. In the words of E.B. White,
“The crickets sang in the grasses. They sang the song of summer’s ending, a sad monotonous song. “Summer is over and gone, over and gone, over and gone. Summer is dying, dying.” A little maple tree heard the cricket song and turned bright red with anxiety.”
― E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web
In truth, nothing in this world lasts forever. The issues of the day change with each news broadcast, ricocheting us between ideologies and isms. We live in a temporary, disposable realm where items depreciate faster than you can get them home from the store and the trash heaps of our discards threaten to engulf us.
Temporary. We run from that word, but it is certainty in this life.
There is an exception to the tyranny of temporary, though. We find it in scripture.
“Forever, O Lord, Thy word is settled in Heaven.” Psalm 119:89
“Heaven and Earth shall pass away, but My (God’s) words shall NOT pass away.” Matthew 24:35, Mark 13:31, Luke 21:33
What God has said will stand – forever.
The Bible has survived persecution and attempted destruction by multiple rulers and nations, misuse by the religious and the renegade, the unbelief of the masses, and the disdain of modern society. God’s Word has stood and will continue to stand – a beacon for the lost, a fountain for the thirsty, and certain hope for the hopeless.
Therefore, I run to God’s Word and stand on God’s Word
- for Truth;
- for security;
- for purpose;
- for hope;
- for salvation;
- for grace;
- for guidance;
- for instruction;
- for understanding;
- for Life.
I will not find these things on the latest talk show or the most recent “breaking news” or in the current trends of self-help.
I will find them when I open His Book, and meditate on His Truth, and obey His direction.
So, today, I will open His Book, meditate on His Truth, and obey His direction – one verse at a time. His Holy Spirit will help me when I ask.
Matthew 7: 24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
Photo – Fall Colors – Beth Mims