The Seasons of Life
August 28

In 2012, Andrew Luck was the first player chosen in that year’s NFL draft. He was chosen by a team to replace an eventual hall of fame quarterback. It was believed he was destined for greatness. He holds some records, was considered one of the best players while he was playing, but last week, at age 29, he retired. He said it was one of the toughest decisions of his life but because of a series of injuries, he felt walking away from the game was his only option. On Saturday, his teamed played a preseason game and during that game Andrew was booed by his team’s fans for retiring as he walked off the field for, what most likely is, his final time.  

Whether we want to admit it or not, life is full of seasons. We might be more excited about some seasons over others but, whether we like it or not, those seasons will happen. Maybe when you were younger, you couldn’t wait for a season when you had more freedom and independence. Maybe as the years started adding up, you dreaded the season of advanced age. Maybe you had hoped for a season of being a parent, but that season never happened. Maybe you looked forward to a season of retirement, but illness or the loss of your spouse changed those plans. How can we learn to embrace the seasons of life, even when we don't like them?  

Do we believe that God is present in all those seasons? Years ago, some church leaders got together and established the church year and the seasons that make up that calendar. These seasons have names like Pentecost and Epiphany. There are seasons that are usually associated with joy, like Christmas and Easter, and there are seasons that reflect a more solemn and uncertain time, like Advent and Lent. Maybe you like some of these seasons more than others, but we need all of them because we need to be reminded that God is with us in every season of life, even if our “fans” boo us for a decision we made. We need to be reminded that there isn’t a place we can go where God isn’t already there and where God promises to be with us, forever.

Undoubtedly we will experience seasons that are less enjoyable, ones that we would rather avoid, and maybe even ones that feel like Hell, but thankfully we never go there alone. May this promise remind us of the strength and courage we have because God is always with us, no matter the season. We are never alone. 

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Chris   

Last Published: September 9, 2019 8:55 AM