October 11, 2007: I love this time of the year. October is my favorite month, the trees start to change, the air feels lighter and suddenly my mind goes to all the fun things ahead. I've got some fun travel coming up. I have the holidays to look forward to, lots of family time… I just love it. Here in Nashville, fall took its own sweet time getting here though. The heat here has been overwhelming this summer. As I wrote back in June, summers here are just plain ole' hot and sweaty. Yuck. I am truly ready for the change.

That reminds me that change is always constant. As a human, I am not always fond of change but still, things change. I am reading in Exodus now about the changing Moses had to do. He went from tending a flock to meeting God Almighty on a mountain top. Then he was told by God to get the release of the Israelites from their bondage in Egypt. Talk about a change. I have read this story a million times it seems but I am never bored with it. I however ask the Lord to reveal something new to me that maybe I had missed before. I have learned He never fails to do this.

It's fascinating how God never let Moses get by with any of his excuses to why maybe he wasn't the right person for such a huge job. I love how he was rejected at first by the folks he was trying to help. Then I enjoy reading about how Pharaoh never was good at keeping a deal. I am always fascinated when I read that God hardened Pharaoh's heart. This morning I asked "Lord why is this?" I read on in Chapter 10 and it all became crystal clear. In verse Chapter 10:1-2 (NIV) the Lord tells Moses, "Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may perform these miraculous signs of mine among them that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with the Egyptians and how I performed my signs among them, and that you may know that I am the Lord." Wow, that struck me right in the face. There are so many times when I am asking God why on some days "nothing's easy". It can be a small struggle or one that seems overwhelming. Then I finally just say, "Lord make this work like You want it to" then He let's me witness how He works. His way of handling things might look hard or even strange at some of those times but when I am on the other side of the struggle it becomes again very clear to me that His ways are not always my ways. Maybe the temporary struggle is to teach me a lesson as He did here with Moses. He wants to remind me too that He is the Lord and that He is in charge whether I have temporarily forgotten that or not.

My goal every day is to please Him. I know that was Moses' as well. Some days the changes in life are easier to take than others. The change in the weather is welcome to me. To some, they hate the weather getting colder but nonetheless, God is in charge of that as well. So I'll enjoy the cooler nights and the brisker days. Some will wait excitedly for the hot days of summer to return. But one thing's for sure, as long as the earth is turning, there will always be change.

Have a blessed fall and stay warm always in your heart.


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