“The grass withers and the flower falls,
but the Word of our God endures forever.”
I sat in the sunshine yesterday and enjoyed reading and getting some fresh air. Every once in a while a wind would blow and leaves would float from the trees on the hill where we were, down to the water. As those leaves floated on by I thought of how quickly the seasons change.
Just about that time, it was the sweetest thing. I’ve only been witness to one engagement (mine!), but I was actually a witness to another one yesterday. There were row boats all around, but one found its way to the seclusion of the cove. (Well, not really THAT secluded because my son Austin and I were there!). Anyway, the boat stopped and I couldn’t help but watch. Pretty soon, the girl put her hands to her face and I heard a loud “Congratulations!!) from some other onlookers on the bank down below. (Yeah, the cove wasn’t as secluded as it seemed!)
It was sweet…as the boat travelled toward other boats, ripples of “Congratulations!” could be heard across the water. I could only see silhouettes because of the light of the sun…it was absolutely beautiful, but I’m guessing you can tell which boat holds the happy couple. ❤
As they floated on, well, I thought about how fast seasons do change…not just seasons of the year. Seasons of life come and go pretty quickly. This couple was just beginning a new season…and how quickly seasons change. We all have stories to tell don’t we? And some seasons so parallel, and some things are to be expected. But lots of seasons hold changes we never ever saw coming.
I’m so thankful there are some things that never change…like that solid rock foundation under the leaf, there are things that are steady and strong and steadfast.
Years ago, we sang the song “Ancient Words” at church, and I just love the beauty and the truth of the lyrics. Our trio did our own little version of this song and I can still hear my dear friends’ voices singing these words. Cheryl and I are still singing the words down here, and Janet passed away a few years ago from cancer and is probably singing with more clarity than now ever before! She is so very missed, but she had an amazing grip on what was worth our time and what so wasn’t because she knew how precious time is.
Yes, some things last, some don’t. Life is short, it’s an amazing gift…and it seems to go so fast. As seasons change, I’m reminded once again to cling to the things that we can’t hold with our hands… to hold dear our time with people…love well, trust God, and let the truths of scripture wash over heart and soul to help keep perspective of what lasts and what so doesn’t. That little leaf will be dust in no time…but that rock? That rock has stood for ages. It’s good to step back sometimes and be sure we’re putting our hope in things that stand, that last.
Ancient Words last. God’s Word doesn’t return void. There’s freedom that comes with truth…”Ancient words, ever true…changing me, changing you…”
I love the verse that says, “The Lord is my solid rock, my fortress, my rescuer.
My God is my rock. I take refuge in him! He’s my shield, my salvation’s strength,
my place of safety.” Psalm 18:2 We can trust in Him.
I’m thankful that God is likened to a rock and not a leaf. I’m thankful that He is steady and true even when we’re not. I’m thankful that He is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. Here is just a friendly reminder that in a world that is oh-so-constantly changing and spinning round, He is solid ground, no matter how much change the seasons bring. Solid as a rock. We can put our hope in Him.
“We put our hope in the Lord.
He is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord,
for our hope is in you alone.”