Seasons of Change

The Door of our Heart

Written by Alycia Humphrey

Today is Wednesday September 22, 2021 the First Day of Fall or Fall Equinox. What exactly is the fall equinox? This is the moment when the Sun crosses the Equator, and those living in the Northern Hemisphere will begin to see more darkness than daylight. Essentially, our hours of daylight have been growing slightly shorter each day since the summer solstice in June. So for the next 3 months, our hours of daylight will continue to grow shorter. This is a change of Seasons.  

Visible change is everywhere we look.  All of creation is in sync with these changes. The colors on the trees are beginning to turn to golden ambers and hues of maroons, birds begin flying south to warmer climates, the temperature slowly begins it’s gradual descent into the cooler numbers and animal’s coats are even thickening up for the winter months.  This is the one day that night and day are at equal lengths. This is the time of harvest.  The farmers can begin to gather in their crops and feast on their labors.

 We are all aware of these changes happening in nature, but are we also aware when change is taking place in us? Just like the changes in nature we too can have days when things are gradually growing darker in our hearts. There begins to be a slight tilt in us when we to begin moving away from leaning toward “The Son”. This turning away from Him will become evident in our daily routines.  But why do we lean away from our source of Radiant Life?  What causes the shifting in our hearts towards those darker days?

We read in Genesis 4:7 that sin is crouching at the door, and its desire is for us, but we must master it. What does this mean practically speaking?  Sin is a miss or a misstep that is lying and waiting at the entrance or opening of the door to our heart, mind, and spirit. Sin desires and craves for our attention. Because sin was crouching at the door of Cain’s heart he in turn committed murder against his own brother Abel. Can you imagine the light in his heart that was gradually growing darker and darker…and then the darkest day came.  Killing his own brother!

Now you may be saying oh I would never murder someone that’s really extreme.  Yes I agree that is excessive, but our thoughts are also full of this darkness. We start off living in the light of Jesus, but sin is always beckoning us to open the door.  All it needs is just a small crack and it will surely push its way into our mind and our hearts. So what is the remedy that counteracts against such darkness?  John 14:6 “Yeshua said, “I AM the Way..” God also told Moses “I AM WHO I AM” (Exodus 3:14). In the beginning darkness was upon the face of the earth and the Spirit of God moved upon the waters. If the Earth needed the I AM to come and speak light into darkness how much more do we need The Great I AM?

The subtleness of the serpent caused Eve; who was made in the image and likeness of God, to open the door to sin that was waiting for her. God had given Adam and Eve everything they needed, they lacked nothing. Yet there was only one thing God commanded them not to partake of yet they disobeyed and sin was released upon the earth.

Yet the remedy and hope to mend that which was forfeited in the garden came through One Man Yeshua. He is the Light of the World so that we don’t have to live in darkness. Genesis 3:16 tells us our desire will be for our husband. Our desire for our Bridegroom Yeshua is the only way to keep the door of our heart closed to sin. Our affection for Him and our longing to be with Him allows for His brightness to outshine the darkness. “The Son is the radiance of the Sh’khinah, the very expression of God’s essence.” Hebrews 1:3

We can make a choice each and every day to not open the door and allow sin into our hearts. Love is the greatest cure in overcoming these long dark days. Yes we too will have seasons in our journey of life, just as nature has its seasons. And the cold dark winter days will eventually become brighter and warmer. There is a day coming when darkness will be no more for the glory of God will give its light, and the Lamb is its lamp. (Revelation 21:23) Be encouraged in the shifting of seasons because Hope is also knocking at the door of our hearts.  Who will you let in?

1 Comment

Stacey - September 22nd, 2021 at 6:35pm

What a blessing to see how u so wonderfully contribute to our continual pondering, soul searching, n studies. Time for rest n rejuvenation to come back even stronger; poking our heads above the he soil on due time. Luv u