Weekly Devotional: Changing Seasons

A woman on a park bench welcoming a new season

For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. — Ecclesiastes 3:1

In life, new seasons often bring about new changes.

This fall, you might have left home and started your college journey. With this transition has come many changes, and you might be experiencing mixed emotions. Leaving something behind can be hard, but starting something new can be exciting.

How God Prepares Us for New Seasons

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. — Romans 8:28

It is important to remember that when we enter new seasons, this is in preparation for how God is going to move in our lives. While God may have led you away from a place you were comfortable in, he has a purpose in where he has placed you now.

The beginning of a new season can present the perfect opportunity to start fresh in different areas of your life. Maybe you want a fresh start in school, or you want to start fresh in some of your relationships by centering them on Christ. Or, maybe you are looking to renew your faith and grow in your spiritual walk.

While change can be scary, we can find hope in remembering that as children of the King, the changing seasons in life have purpose.

In addition, God is ultimately the one who is in control of our lives. While we may make our own plans, God’s plans are ultimately the ones that endure. Proverbs 19:21 says, “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”

Change Doesn't Have to Wait for New Seasons

Whether this new season has presented you with blessings, challenges or both, remember that God promises to be with us every step of the way. In fact, we do not have to wait for the start of new seasons to begin again, because the Lord’s mercies are new every morning. Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Are you experiencing or preparing for new changes in your own life? If your new season includes furthering your education, Grand Canyon University invites you to explore our degree programs and admission requirements. To learn more and get answers to your questions, complete the form on this page to connect with a university counselor.

Approved by the local outreach coordinator of the Office of Spiritual Life on August 30, 2023.

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