“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.”
We all go through seasons of life. School begins and ends. One job starts and then another. We live in community with certain people and then we move away. Sometimes relationships or marriages come to a close. For many this summer, high school has ended and college looms. Or maybe college has ended and the big person world is standing before you.
In whatever season you currently are, it can be incredibly difficult to close a chapter and begin a new one. It’s very difficult to do that with a joyful heart. It’s so easy to hold on to our memories or our comfort zone. We drag our feet like toddlers, refusing to take the steps forward that God has asked of us.
Whether we are leaving a season of pain or joy, the verse from Ecclesiastes above reminds us of the value of seasons. There is a time for everything. Later in that chapter, verse 11 says, “He (God) has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.”
We are so small in comparison to God. Our minds only comprehend the moments while He comprehends eternity. I get so easily frustrated when I don’t understand why something is happening. Or I become defensive, because I fear anything new and different. I quickly forget my own smallness. God gives us the seasons. He gives us each moment and grants us breath. He has the ultimate control over what will happen and He always redeems.
“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19
I love God’s ability to create new things. He is the ultimate Creator with the most colorful paintbrush imaginable. Walk with confidence into the unknown my friends. He ordains every day, Mathew 10:30 says He even knows the number of hairs on our heads. He is very aware and prepared for your future.
Whatever that looks like for you, He is sovereign in His actions. Someone once told me that God works all things together for our good and His glory. What a beautiful thing that is!
As I look back over my own life, I can see so many chapters. With each move my family made growing up, I made new friends and said goodbye to the old. I started new schools and left the familiar. Then I left high school and my parent’s home for college. I walked through seasons of loneliness, heartache, confusion, love, joy, incredible community, and many more. Each time had something new to it. God used each season to refine me and draw me closer to Him.
When I first started college, I entered into that season of loneliness. It took almost a full year for me to feel like I had people around me that loved me fully. I honestly didn’t know if community would ever happen. And that is hard. It was hard to keep going each day not knowing when that would stop or if it would ever. But God brought about so much during that time that couldn’t have happened if I wasn’t experiencing loneliness. That season didn’t last forever either. He began refreshing me with loving people, joy, confidence, and mentors. He placed the people in my life that He desired.
I am constantly reminded because of that season that the Lord is enough. Lamentations 3:22-24 says, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, therefore I will hope in him.” He had a purpose in allowing me to walk through that. I learned more about Him and about myself. I gained understanding and a compassion for others in similar situations. I think it’s so amazing when we get a chance to see the why and to realize that our struggles are never pointless.
If the Lord is calling you to move across the country away from your friends, His love will always continue. If you are starting a new job and saying goodbye to the familiar, His mercies still overflow. If you just broke up with someone or walked through divorce, He is still faithful. Through it all, He is our portion. Meaning, God is enough in every and all circumstance.
Walk in confidence dear friends. He holds your tomorrows and knows the number of days of whatever season you walk. I’m praying that each of you, whether in hard or easy times, will be growing exponentially and joyfully in the Lord.
Y’all, I would love to hear about the joys you’re experiencing or the hurts. You can always let me know in the comments down below or by email. I’m praying for each one of you as you read this. If there is something you specifically need prayer for though, I would love to hear from you. Have the most blessed day sweet readers.