God does not change. Everything else does, but not God. He just exists from everlasting to everlasting. What a comfort to know God is still on the throne of Heaven even when everything we hold dear is transitory.
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. Whatever we are going through right now, it is only going to last for a season. If we are going through good times and are being blessed, then we should take every opportunity to enjoy them and be thankful to God.
But if we are having a hard time, then we can be encouraged this trial will not last forever. Every season has a beginning and an end. Hard times are balanced by easier times. Life is a mixture of pain and pleasure and we are all going to get through life one way or another. With God's help, we can make it through in the best possible fashion.
What's coming next? Nobody know for sure. In general, the Bible says God is good to those who trust Him. Occasionally He is good to everyone whether they trust Him or not. Jesus said, He causes His sun to rise on the evil and on the good (Matthew 5:45). My, don't we love sunshine in Juneau? When the sun shines every person in town is blessed simultaneously. But whether there is sunshine or rain, it is only for a season.
Our spirit may be down, but if we will trust in God, He can send us a season of refreshing for our spirit. The catch is that we will have to wait for Him to refresh us spiritually. The timing of renewal and refreshing is strictly God's decision. Our job is to keep going, trusting God all the way. ``They that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles. They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not taint'' (Isaiah 40:31).
Though we cannot do the refreshing ourselves and we do not have any way of knowing the timing of such a thing, we can be ready. We can set our sails so that when the wind of God's revival blows, we will get the most out of it.
Larry Nixon was sailing on Puget Sound one day when the wind refused to blow. He decided to use the auxiliary engine, but he needed to switch fuel tanks. As he tried to connect the fuel line, he accidentally dropped the connecting piece and it fell to the bottom of the sea. The water was smooth as glass with not a ripple in sight. So he put up the main and jib sails and waited for the first sign of a ripple on the water. All of a sudden, a fresh breeze filled the sails and all was well.
There are times in churches and even in whole communities when it may seem as if we are in the spiritual doldrums with no refreshing winds blowing. In John 3:8, Jesus said, ``The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.
When and how will the refreshing breath of God blow? No one knows for sure. However, we can set our sails by praying and staying in touch with the very one who advises the clouds what to do. We can set our spiritual sails by getting our hearts right with God, then watch for the slightest ripple that may indicate God is breathing new life into Juneau.
Pray that God will send times of refreshing. We will all be blessed and our community will be an ever better place to live.
Jimmie Stringer is the pastor of First Baptist Church on Twin Lakes.