In the autumn months, changes are all around us. Trees transform in bursts of color; wardrobes transition from shorts and sandals to sweaters and boots; instead of reaching for a cool glass of lemonade, we welcome a warm mug of pumpkin spice latte or hot apple cider; even wildlife changes as animals stock up for the cold months and birds head south to avoid the chill to come. For me, it is difficult to go through this season of change without thinking about the changes that come with the different seasons of our lives.
Some seasons I look back on and smile, like growing up alongside my brothers and sister and playing the days away without a care in the world. Others I look back on with a heavy heart because of pain, loss, or difficult trials. The great thing about these seasons is that I know God is with me through all of them: the ones that make me laugh and the ones that make me cry. Acts 17:26 is a great reminder for this: “And [God] hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation…”
What a great comfort it is to know that for every season there is a bigger plan and our time has been appointed by the creator of Heaven and Earth. No matter how many or what kinds of seasons we have been through, God is walking behind, beside, and before us: behind us to catch us if we fall, beside us as a confidante and friend, and before us as a trustworthy guide through life.
Many men, women and children have come to Haven of Rest for a new season in their lives and have travelled through many rough seasons to get where they are. It is the privilege of the Mission to prepare them for a new, better season as described in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”