Life seldom stays the same. Change comes— whether hour by hour or year by year. Ecclesiates 3 tells us that there is a time for everything: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to get and a time to lose, a time to keep and a time to cast away.
The end of the academic year marks a season of change—not just the start of summer, but a change to circumstances. For some, this may be the end of school and the start of their next journey, whether that is at university or in the workplace. And it may be possible to feel a sense of loss for all that is familiar.
This change of season could also mark a time to reflect on all that has happened over the last year. Some families may have gained through the birth of a new child; others may have lost someone close to them. Certainly, everyone would have had both moments of weeping and of laughing. No one will have been unaffected by the inevitable unpredictability of life.
So, how do we cope with all this change? How do we manage the losses we face when hopelessness and sorrow try to pull us down? We look to the One Who never changes. Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). When everything around us is shaky, we hold onto the hope we have as an anchor for the soul (Hebrews 6:19). And we declare, like Job, that we know Who our Redeemer is and that at the end He will stand upon the earth! What a day to look forward to with expectancy in our hearts and hope in our souls!