31st August 2019

The Cycle of Life

“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV)

I saw my first leaf fall this morning.

It has been a couple of weeks since I first noticed the leaves on some trees beginning to turn colour. The experts tell us that because of the spring and summer we’ve had, it should be another year of spectacular autumn hues. We wait to see.

But then I saw another leaf fall. It’s all part of an annual cycle. It’s also part of the cycle of life, and the cycle of the Christian life, too. Christians have their spring, summer, autumn and winter. And each season has much to commend it as well as the new problems to be endured or overcome. Within each season the Christian is able to use the differing experiences to draw even closer to our God in new ways, and to learn in every circumstance how better to make His way our own.

Winter, for example, for human beings in our life cycle, as well as for the Christian, can hold real challenges. It might be ill health, or loss of a partner and the consequent loneliness. Maybe limited income, or even adverse happenings which change the course of our lives.

It might even be disillusionment with the Christian way of life. A “what’s-the-point?” when it comes down to a finite conclusion on the achievements or failures in life. After all, in the end, all human beings end up in the same place. But the difference with Christians is that we are a people with a vision beyond our “discard-by” date. We have the promise of a future which extends forever. As we grow older, as we grow into our winter with all its present limitations, our vision should become ever stronger. It’s that vision which keeps us going, keeps us on track for our goal. Keeps us looking beyond today into tomorrow, and then on into eternity. That way, keeping that focus, however many leaves you may see fall today, despite temporary depression and lack of endurance, ultimately will never faze us in our walk with our God.

I just saw another two leaves fall.

Prayer
Gracious Father, no matter how young or old we are, there are valuable lessons to be learned. Not academically, but ‘on the job’ learning. Practical learning. But our learning as Christians must always have in mind the vision of the future you promise us. Thank you. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by John Stettaford
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About the Author:
John Stettaford is an Elder in the Reading Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Reading
Prospect School, Room A1 (Main Building)
Honey End Lane
READING
RG30 4EL

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
John Stettaford
Phone: 01923-241426
Email: pastor@wcg-reading.org.uk

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