July 31, 2017 – Monday
Daniel 2:21(a) [ESV] He changes times and seasons;
Isaiah 43:19 [NIV] See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
Nature reflects God’s creative character. Just look at trees. In the fall season, they show an elaborate array of colors while, in spring, trees display the light greens of new life. The summer season, of course, brings out their full green. Through the beauty of these colors, God provides reminders of His love. Yet even in winter – a season of wilderness and wasteland – there remains hope for the start of a new season. And in this hope, God is also providing reminders of His love.
As believers, we are like trees reacting to each new season. The barren winter may come unannounced bringing devastation to one’s work and career. There will be set-backs and even lay-offs. There may even be false accusations of misconduct leveled against the believer at work. A project may fall flat. These things may seem like a colorless wilderness or wasteland.
Regardless of trial and season, you and I must never forget the reminders of His love. We must have hope that the winter season is soon to pass. As Christian public servants, we must not only have hope during times of trial in our own careers, but we must also offer that same hope to others – we must be like streams in the wilderness.
Are you struggling at work today? Are you struggling to find a job? Maybe a coworker is in a colorless wilderness. If so, just look about. Certainly, He is giving all sorts of reminders of His love. Let your hope be renewed as God changes times and seasons.
Lord, guide me through the trials of career. Let me always remember that You are making a way for me in the wilderness, and You are the stream in the wasteland. The colors of spring, summer, and fall are soon to follow! In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!
Chip Harrell, M.A.
J.D. Candidate and President
Student Bar Association
School of Law
Virginia Beach, Virginia USA