I just came in from my morning walk.
My devotions led me to this.
I just read the weather headlines. “Don’t get used to the warmth. Cold blast coming.” A few months ago the headline read “brief cool down but heat soon returns.”
I know folks from every part of the country. Almost all of them think their take on the weather is unique. They all speak some version of “if you don’t like the weather wait a few hours. It will change.”
And they are all correct.
Same for life.
In 2 Timothy 4:2 these words are written. “Be prepared in season and out of season.” This “advice” shows up in me a lot. A whole lot. There is a reason.
This is urgent in me this morning. Those words were written to address the challenges of a preacher.
They apply broadly.
Life is tumultuous at its calmest. All around us events swirl. People live and die. Relationships begin and end. Leaders, and followers, come and go.
It’s a great, unappreciated, miracle of God that we aren’t all basket cases of insecurity.
Life teaches us to be prepared. We may not realize the lessons are happening but they are.
Life in the company of Jesus obviously doesn’t apply to everyone. But it applies to me.
At it’s core, following along with Jesus is the promise of God that whatever else changes, God won’t. Whoever else comes and goes, God will stay. Wherever and whenever I am on the move, God is there already.
Just resting in that truth is my preparation.
And this morning, for this preacher, with today’s challenges, that helps. Because “the seasons, they are a changing.”