“Nevertheless He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.” Acts 14:17
In our Middle Earth landscape in East Tennessee, summer greens have given way to autumn gold. Maples have turned bright red and orange, gingkoes and tulip poplars are electric yellow, burning bushes are ablaze with cranberry, and all shades of brown and evergreen dot the woods around us. Simply spectacular…and such a great reminder of God’s grace to us!
Our Creator has ordered the seasons, and they set the pace of our passing days. Whether you live in a region like ours with distinct temperature changes or in Ecuador with its more subtle weather variations, we can still marvel at how God set our home planet spinning into orbit. As Earth turns on its axis during its year-long journey around the sun, He colors our lives with the ebb and flow of sunlight.
What kind of God is this? We cannot fathom this kind of planning, creative genius, power, and compassion for us. He is indeed a God of orderliness, consistency, faithfulness, provision. He is the God of the very big as well as the infinitesimally small.
But, he is also a God who is wild—untamable, majestic, powerful, unsearchable. He is wildly in love with us. His prodigal love pours out blessings upon us with reckless abandon. The Lord of the universe created us so that He could bestow upon us a sacrificial love that feeds, protects, and nurtures. He wants a relationship with us.
I love how C.S. Lewis defined this particular attribute of God through his allegorical description in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” In a conversation with Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, the Pevensie children discover that the rebel leader against the witch queen is not a person but a lion, Aslan:
“Ooh!” said Susan, “I’d thought he was a man. Is he—quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.”
“That you will, dearie, and no mistake,” said Mrs. Beaver. “If there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.”
“Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy.
“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver. “Don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ’Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”*
This God of great contradictions is at once a mighty king, a fierce defender, a jealous deity, a caring shepherd, a generous father, and a sacrificial brother. We cannot comprehend the vastness of His reach or the fullest extent of His compassion—“For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him.” Psalm 103:11-13.
As you ponder the changing seasons around you, remember that all of these fluctuations in our environment and life—including the coronavirus pandemic—are set in motion by His plan, His drama script for our lives. Each trial or celebration is but for a season, always for our good, always moving us forward.
For those of us who know Jesus, we find that the seasons of life draw us closer to Him. If leaves are falling around you, rejoice in seeing His colorful handiwork. If colder temperatures send you shivering, or the return of spring warmth brings new energy, consider how His creation is resting or remaking you. May His beautiful seasons remind you of the privilege of knowing Him, and may you rejoice with Him as you view His glorious, orderly, wild, loving creation.
Lord, I fall on my knees before You in rapt adoration, holy fear, and baffled love—so amazed that You, the Great Creator of all seasons and time, would want to have a relationship with me. Thank You for reminding us that as our world changes, You remain faithful and constant. Draw me closer every day to You…to a greater love, faith, and commitment to serving You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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* C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1988), p. 64.
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