I don’t know about you, but I love it when seasons start to change: when Winter becomes Spring; Spring becomes Summer and so on. I especially love the colors of Fall and how the air becomes crisp when Fall is near. In fact, by mid Summer, I am often found day dreaming about Fall. I think about my Fall wardrobe and if I can still fit into it. I think about putting out Fall decorations and the smell of pumpkin spice. Ahhhhh… can’t wait. So what is wrong with this picture? What is wrong with this picture is that I can get so lost in my musing about seasons to come, that I miss out on the blessings and lessons of the season I am presently in!
God allows different seasons in our lives. Often the seasons build upon one another, and I firmly believe we have to repeat certain not so pleasant seasons because we don’t pay attention to what God is teaching us. In our lives we will have seasons of pure joy and blessings. We will also have seasons of trial and sorrow. ALL seasons serve a purpose. Remember what God’s Word tells us in Romans 8:28: “All things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.” His purpose… not ours… His purpose which always has our best interest at heart. We need to remember that even the dark, painful times in our lives are important. To show this, I love using the analogy of a tapestry: A tapestry would not be near as beautiful were it not for the dark threads. The dark threads in the tapestry add depth and beauty to the piece. The dark seasons in our lives can add an amazing depth and beauty to our souls…. if we remain teachable!
Everyday at Teen Challenge I see students and staff in the midst of a variety of seasons. I see some people embrace their seasons. I see some of those around me bitterly and begrudgingly go through a tough season – sometimes even becoming angry with God. And I even see some folks try to run from the seasons of life. As a pastor and TC Director, I have people come to me for counsel during these times. No matter their season in life, I offer the same counsel to anyone who comes to me: “Ask God to show you what He wants you to learn from the season you are in. Be grateful for EVERY season – trusting God’s purpose. And finally, be open to God using you for His Kingdom and for others, NO MATTER what season you are in!
You may be going through a rough season right now. Trust God’s process! Take time for you… time for you to be refreshed by His presence, by His Word, by the fellowship of other believers; and never, never forget… no matter the season, He will never, never, never leave or forsake you. #trustingGodnomattertheseason