Divine Devotionals -
From 2 Kings 2
Now when the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; for the Lord has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel. The company of prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?” And he said, “Yes, I know; keep silent.”
This passage begins the story of Elijah passing from earth into heaven, and Elisha preparing to become the next prophet. It is a story of transition. I am mindful that we are in a season of transition – from summer into fall. Transitions are part of everyday life. Big ones and small ones. Some transitions are so common, we give little thought to them, while others are arduous and sometimes painful, and yet others are filled with joy and hope.
Some say fall is their favorite season because of the colors and the cooler weather. I have tended toward spring as my favorite season because of the new life popping up all around me with signs of hope. I have usually considered fall a time of preparing for death (winter) and have accepted the invitation to see the beauty in the colors and the cooler weather. For example, have you noticed that the green leaves on the trees turn a brilliant yellow, orange or red before falling?
There is beauty to be found in letting some things go so other things can emerge. What might be something in your life right now that needs to be released?
What is the beauty in your life right now that is drawing your attention?
Prayer: Dear God, help me to not yearn for the past as much as you want me to hope for the future. Help me release the feelings that keep me stuck, the attitudes that hinder my progress, and the opinions that I hold too tightly to. Breathe the breath of your spirit into my life and prepare me for the next phase of our journey together. Amen.