I'm ready for fall. Ready for cold, crisp weather. Ready for homemade soup, stew, cold weather foods. The house is ready, decorations of the new season placed here and there. But the weather isn't cooperating. While we have been visiting our youngest daughter here in Missouri, typical Oregon rainy, cold, fall weather has arrived. But according to the weather report, the day we fly home, it's going to be back to "unseasonably warm".
How like me, like many, this contrary weather is. God wants to move us into a new season, to new things in Him, but we are so reluctant to let go of the patterns of the past, the things that are old and familiar. How much in Him are we missing while holding on stubbornly to what was?
I am feeling the push forward. Feeling God's hand on my back, pushing me into some new things. I feel His hands gently cupping my face, trying to keep me looking forward, instead of longingly back.
The other day I woke up with the words of a chorus going through my mind..."It's a new season, it's a new day, a fresh anointing is coming your way...." I want the fresh anointing, a fresh touch of God's Spirit on my life flowing through me to others. According to Scripture, in order to hold the new wine of the Spirit, I must become a new wineskin...supple, yielded, pliable to hold the new wine. (Luke 5) Embracing change can be hard for me. I like things comfortable, familiar.
But to embrace God's new season for me, I have to quit being wishy washy, like Oregon's weather, and make a decision...I'm all in, God, for what You have ahead for me.