And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted..." Ecclesiastes 3: 1-2
There is a season for everything, God in His Infinite wisdom and love for us knew that we would need change in our lives in order to be motivated to move forward; to complete His purpose . Hmmm Change...something most needed and yet it is something that we fight so hard against sometimes.
In nature we see change all the time with each passing Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. We complain about each one, rather it be too cold or too hot...too much wind or rain or bugs; and yet each season is so necessary and beneficial for the next one. There are events that occur in each season that brings success to the next. In Spring, seeds sprout and pollination of flowers occur to bring forth an abundance of produce and flowers in the summer. By the end of Summer and
the beginning of Fall there is a great time of harvest, a time to reap the benefits of the hard work of the passing Summer. By Fall the plants begin to go into rest; coupled with the cooler nights and frequent rains, brilliant colors appear in trees and seed pods fall to the ground to die. Winter brings complete rest, necessary rest to gather strength for the coming spring when everything burst on the scene in beautiful pastels and fragrance...renewal...and the wheels keep turning...
Change...I have seen some changes in my life, some I've wanted and seemed right on time, there also have been others when I asked God "Surely you must be mistaken this time?" Knowing full well He NEVER make mistakes. That is why He saw me go through the change and answered my prayers by giving me more strength to endure. In the natural we expect that from a good coach, that they won't just make it particularly easier, but will be by your side to encourage you to go longer, to press in, to get a second wind until you can not only see the finish line, but actually run through it. How much more important and excellent is He, our Lord. He has started a good work in us and will be by our side to complete it. "Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ." Philippians 1:6
If we give up, it is by our choice, not His. From season to season there are challenges, any farmer can tell you that, but with each one there are also successes: Seed time, Growing time, Harvest time and then the time of
rest. So it is in our lives, there are seasons that come that we may never understand why they were necessary. I am learning that when it seems to us that God is hiding an answer or is silent, He is actually protecting me and if or when it is necessary He will reveal it to me at the right time...His time.
Seasons...changes...we complain, we question: "How long will it last?", when we know all the time that the season won't last forever. We know that Spring, will turn to Summer, Summer to Fall and Fall to Winter. The seasons have changed for all the number of years I have been on this earth and will continue after I am gone. So should I complain about it or enjoy, learn and harvest everything God wants me to experience during that time, so that I can exceed and succeed into the next. So that I can become all that He wants me to be.
What season are you in right now? Is it one of renewal, coming out of a time of a trial and now you feel the weight of some issues lifted? Maybe you're in a season of growing, maturing and finding out about your real self. Or are you in a time of actually seeing some of the things that you have been praying for come to pass. What about rest? Are you in a time of just taking time to rest not just your body, but your soul and spirit, I call it my ALONE time or as one author puts it our ALL ONE time. Time when we alone become ALL ONE with God, Him making us a whole person. Taking time to be healed in every area of our lives. A little FYI: It is scientifically proven that the body heals itself during sleep, that is why sleep is so important.
Whatever season you may be in, know this...God is with you. As you trust Him, He is with you to make sure you not only make it through, but that you succeed to go forward into the next season of your life. Be encouraged !
|Tree from my Sister's yard in Virginia|