Leslie L. McKee
“To everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.”
Ecc. 3:1 (NLT)
Change often equals the unknown, which can be scary and uncomfortable. However, change can also be positive, such as the changing of seasons. Fall is my favorite time of the year. I love the cooler temperatures, apple cider, pumpkin-flavored everything, football, and the changing color of the leaves. Though I enjoy seasonal changes, I do not enjoy changes in my life, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. I like things to be predictable, and the only predictable thing with change is that it always changes.
As the verse states, there is a time for every activity—including change. Like the seasons, time and life are ever-changing. These changes occur around us constantly, whether we like it or not, and they help us grow and adapt.
Life is all about timing. In Ecclesiastes, Solomon discussed the timing and changes in life, as well as its brevity. God wants us to embrace every moment … including the changes. These seasons of life aren’t a time for worry. They’re a reminder to trust God, who is always in control. He has a purpose for everything (Romans 8:28). Remember that when you’re facing change, and take comfort in the fact that while seasons may change, God does not.
Lord, thank you that I can always depend on you, despite the changing seasons.
Leslie is an editor, author, and reviewer. She is also a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and she has served as a judge for their First Impression, Carol Awards, and Genesis contests. She is also a member of The Christian PEN. Some of her devotionals were included in a compilation which was published in 2017 by Ellie Claire in Just Breathe (https://amzn.to/2TOvKIf) and Refresh Your Soul (https://amzn.to/2JXgWHQ). Her flash fiction story “A Knight to Remember” was published in Splickety Magazine’s September 2018 issue (https://amzn.to/2OEDfRc) and “Love on the Scrambler” in Spark Flash Fiction (online) in the July 2019 issue (https://sparkflashfiction.com/love-on-the-scrambler/).
You can find out more about her editorial and proofreading services on her website: (lmckeeediting.wix.com/lmckeeediting).
Deadlines. Expectations. Loss. Success. Responsibilities. Adulting. It can all be overwhelming. Just breathe. Relax and let God soothe your soul. He knows the ups and downs, the highs and lows, the joys and sorrows. Calm your mind and reach out to the One who gave you breath in the first place.
It’s okay to take a moment. To stop. Disconnect. Close your eyes. Pray. When time and options are running low, when anxiety, fear, or worry are crowding in and stealing your breath, God is just a prayer away. These sixty short devotions help you connect to Jesus and bring a peace of mind and a refreshment of soul that only He can provide. Five minutes is all it takes to feel restored and ready for what the day may bring.