The sun is shining, the leaves are turning and temperatures are still in the double digits. At least that’s what it looks like right now as I look out my window. Of course this could all change in a day or two, but one thing we know won’t change, is the fact we go through different seasons in this part of the world. Our season changes are usually quite evident, unlike seasons in other parts of North America. I once traveled to Phoenix, Arizona during the month of August. What a mistake that was! It was hot! Of course everyone in Phoenix kept saying, “But it’s a dry heat”. My response, “It doesn’t matter. 120 is 120!” I’ve traveled to Duluth, Minnesota in January. That was fun. They have a lot of snow in Duluth that time of year and it’s really cold. Florida is pretty much warm all the time and then there’s Kentucky. We spent three years in Wilmore, Kentucky where there are just two seasons – summer and mud.
Throughout the years many songs have come and gone about seasons as well. Seasons In The Sun with Terry Jacks, A Summer Song by Chad and Jeremy and let’s not forget In The Summertime with Mungo Jerry! Another season song comes from The Byrds and is actually based on Scripture from the Book of Ecclesiastes. Turn, Turn, Turn is a classic talking about how there is a season and a time and a purpose for everything under the sun.
Passing seasons also mark the passing of time as we continually move forward through this life. Seasons pass, time passes and numbers in our ages pass as well. With each passing year, we find ourselves getting another year older. A couple weeks ago my wife’s grandfather turned 100 years old! That’s a lot of passing seasons. We celebrated last year on his 99th birthday and as he headed out the door from an open house he hollered back – “See you all next year when I turn 100!” – He was right, we celebrated with another open house. Grandpa Perry has seen a lot of things and a lot of change through his 100 years. He served in World War Two and also served for many years as a Pastor with the Free Methodist Church in Canada. At his celebration in October Grandpa said a few words of thanks to those who gathered and he finished it all off by saying, “If you don’t know Jesus, you can accept Him now. He will change your life forever”. At 100 years old, Grandpa’s passion is still well and alive for Jesus and he’s always ready to tell others about his wonderful Savior.
Paul encouraged a young preacher named Timothy to “Preach the word; Be prepared in season and out of season” (2 Timothy 4:2). Peter tells us to “Always be prepared to give an answer for the hope that we have. But do so with gentleness and kindness” (1 Peter 3:15). Seasons come and seasons go, but the promises of God remain sure and true. Isaiah tells us that God’s Word will always “accomplish what it sets out to accomplish and His word will not return void” (Isaiah 55:11).
Always be prepared – in season and out of season – to give an answer for the hope that you have. Believe it or not, but we are pretty much officially in the Christmas season now. Santa Claus parades are here and this is the time of year when we not only think about gift giving, but many think about the gift God gave of His Son so long ago. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the season, I want to remind you of the Hope of the World, sent into this world. His name is Jesus. To echo the words of Grandpa Perry as he celebrated 100 years of life – No matter what, “He will change your life forever”.
Looking Out My Window is a regular column in the Northumberland Today newspaper located in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada.