Life has an interesting way of changing seasons before we feel ready for the change itself. We live in a really hot area (super warm in Summer), and the warmth of Summer had me yearning for the colors and crispness of Fall. I just wanted to wear a sweater and cozy up with a blanket on the couch. Ok, for real- I just wanted to take a nap.
However, when the first frosty morning arrived this Fall, I felt unprepared.
Much like most of my days.
Much like most of my life.
If you’ve been following my posts for any amount of time, you’ll know that I am not a big fan of being out of control or feeling unprepared. Sudden change doesn’t always bring a smile to my face. I like timelines and order; routine and schedules. I like knowing what’s ahead.
With all the leaves changing, and the chill of the wind whipping briskly, I’m reminded that some seasons in our lives change quickly, while some linger on. Our hearts may beg for our season to be over with, just like I was begging for Summer to end (cut me some slack- this was our first Summer here on the Western Slope and it was a hot one!). Our present circumstances or challenges ahead could even be the season we are fretting over. We may be begging God to just take it all away; to end the season of struggle or uncertainty so we can have our own personal “Spring”, of things starting brand new and fresh like, the vibrant and fragrant flowers we see beautifully burst open in Springtime.
Friend, I want to tell you that even in the middle of your season, God sees you and will use those times of struggle, strain, refining fiery times, even the joyous seasons, to prepare you for the next season, and the next season, and all the seasons there after.
In this new series, we are going to discuss the seasons we walk through and how we can draw truth from God’s Word, as we place our hope in Him and in His promises. So whether you are currently begging for the season you are in to end, feeling unprepared for the season at hand or up ahead, or maybe even celebrating all the goodness you are experiencing within your season, I hope you’ll join me in this series. My hope is that we will remember this truth throughout our time together:
Let’s Pray as we begin this journey together:
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for being a constant source of hope and love in our lives, even when our current season tries to hide Your goodness and faithfulness . Let us not forget the lessons we’ve learned or the strength we’ve gained while walking through the process of each seasons in this life. Lord, help us not to hold so tightly to the season we are in, that we lose the desire to grow through the other seasons up ahead of us. We choose to remember today that You are in control of our days, and our best efforts to try and control our own seasons will only leave us frustrated. You are God, and we know that You are good, and You have our best interest in mind as You shape and mold us through each experience that we encounter. Lord, help our attitudes to reflect the hope we have in You. Help our hearts to be drawn closer to You as we embrace the seasons we are in. You are doing a work behind the scenes and we trust You with every detail-because You were there before the beginning of time, You are here with us now, and You promise to never leave us or forsake us in the future. Thank You God for Your kindness towards us in every season of our lives. Amen.
Go The Extra Mile: Check out this very real and encouraging song from Blanca! I hope it brighten’s up your day like it did mine!