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Winds of Change

Winds of change blow through I’m going to stand

And humble myself under God’s mighty hand.

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Letting go is not simple or easy to do,

Just watch the leaves as winds blow through.

Looks like chaos as first rearranged

Then I am reminded; oh here comes change!

 

God’s sweet reminder to me, seek and you shall find

It isn’t so difficult it’s all in the mind.

How I imagine and fear it could be,

Remembering, His plans are only good toward me.

What can I learn from watching His creation?

About these changes and the duration;

His ways are fashioned and mimic trees,

What is the lesson to learn from these?

 

It is the end of this season, change is in the air.

Something’s I can tell something’s I can share.

We are the branches-He is the Vine;

Seasons must change, He is redeeming the time.

The winds of change are bringing home,

The lesson learned, now let go and move on.

Not at all frightening if I can grasp

God is Creator, I’m designed for the task.

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The inner drive compelling and calling me,

A longing for much more than eyes can see.

It’s a longing and groaning from deep within,

Oh the winds of change must be blowing again.

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It is time for promises to come forth and bloom,

So it is necessary to let go, create needed room.

Open my mind and nourish it with Your word;

Eye has not seen, nor ear has not heard…..

All You have planned for those whose mind can conceive,

Just let go of the old and the new receive.

Teach me Lord as I sense it is in view,

Deep in my spirit I know this is You.

 

Help me to not fear or become apprehensive

This change is from You, deep and extensive.

For money can’t buy and not humanly possible,

Revealed by Your Spirit, throughout Your gospel.

Such precious promises if I can believe,

Being rooted and grounded like a tree.

Winds of change blow through I’m going to stand

And humble myself under God’s mighty hand.

 

©laurette laster October 2017

photo’s captured by laurette laster 2017

If you feel the shaking do not be alarmed, it is only the shaking off of dead works to prepare us for what is ahead. Watch how nature causes leaves to let go and be removed. There are some huge lessons we can learn if we observe the works of God’s creation.

For I know the plans I have for you declares The Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and you will find Me when you seek for me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV)

The above verse is well know and quoted often by Christians. This verse was an absolute game changer for me and changed my life in the year 2000. This verse got my attention and made me wonder if indeed there was a plan for my life and I hadn’t known about it.  What you may not know is this. This verse is God talking to people in captivity, drawing them out and to Him. The chapter heading is “A letter to the exiles.” Can we be an exile and God’s children. Yes, when we make the decision to search for Him with all your heart.

Yesterday I out walking in the yard when I noticed the leaves have changed colors. It was as if it happened overnight. I had to ask myself, when did this happen? Was it gradual and I didn’t notice? Or did it happen suddenly?

Today it is blustery and windy and this wind is blowing the leaves from the trees and they are falling and floating about. When I watched this I was reminded of this poem. I am so thankful for seasons of growth but also thankful for the ability to learn what is good and useful and what I must let go of.

During seasons of change in my own life, times when I find myself feeling bare and again feel the winds of change blowing, I can get a little shaky. I am certain I’m not alone in feeling a little frightened or apprehensive when I sense change. Even though I am praying for growth and change it can still be, well you know, quite overwhelming when it begins. During these seasons of growth I am comforted to know that God, who is rich in mercy, has made a way for us to repent and by casting off our dead works we can continue to grow stronger. God makes seasons for His people to learn and grow. I am a learner and therefore I am a grower.

I produced some great fruit this year but guess what? I have also, at the same time produced some bitter fruit. Fruit and leaves that I don’t exactly want to show off , some works that I am not proud of nor do I want to keep them around for ever. Oh, we are so grateful to our heavenly Father for sending His only begotten Son, Jesus, that we can be forgiven? I am eternally grateful and wowed beyond human description with mere words, for His gift of grace that led me to repentance.

I am so grateful for the gift of repentance, the gift to change, and the gift of do over’s. Yet isn’t it amazing that at each stage we are required to stop and repeat a process?  We must have another root season. Why is this necessary? Why isn’t one root season enough? Why can’t a mighty Oak tree grow to 65 plus feet high with just one root season? Because the roots of the tree must have time to grow deeper in order to support the massive weight and height of the tree and the branches it will produce. If we don’t grow deeper in The Lord our branches will not grow and mature, and we cannot and will not be able to stand up under the weight of the ‘much’ fruit that He has planned for us to bear this coming season. We not only get growth we receive a new crop of leaves to shade the fruit that will be grown, this is what repentance brings forth.

As I repent and cast off my dead works and yes the spent works, in order to prepare for my root season I am reminded of these things.  I have plans and purposes for next years season of growth. I have visions and I have dreams not only for myself but for friends and loved ones, I have desires and goals, I have prayers yet to be answered and purposes that I’ve not yet fulfilled. And most of all I have hope in the upcoming season, because I know, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”(Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV)

This blessed hope in Jesus Christ brings me joy, joy that will carry me through this root season. I want the body of Christ to have ripe and delicious fruit. We have a starving world out there counting on us.

So I pray this prayer for us;

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness  that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:9-11 NIV)

God who is rich in mercy…………………………….

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

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