Seasoning Through the Seasons

seasonsLiving in the Hudson Valley of New York, we experience all four wonderful season. There is nothing like the beautiful artistry of our Heavenly Father, as He paints the landscape with such beauty! As the last of the leaves hang on the trees, we gear up for the winter season.

The last few months have been a season of new experiences. When we dropped all three of our daughters off this past August for college, my husband and I embarked on a new season. This season included ministry trips to Cayman Islands and Eastern Europe. For me, dreams that God put in my heart 30 years ago finally came to pass in His timing, this season.

I love Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, it describes a seasonal perspective to life.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.

Timing is important. All the experiences listed in these verses are appropriate at certain times. The secret to peace with God is to discover, accept, and appreciate His perfect timing. The danger is to doubt or resent God’s perfect timing, which can lead to despair, resentment, or moving ahead without His guidance.

What is your “Big Ask?” A “Big Ask” is the dream your heart most desires, your deepest longing. Sometimes, the only one who knows your big ask is God.

I believe that “wait training” ultimately prepares us for that dream. God knows exactly how to use the times of waiting for our good and for His glory.

The reality of life on earth is that we are always waiting for something. Always hoping.   Always dreaming. The challenge is to keep our hope alive in the middle of circumstances we don’t like so much.

So although the season of life can march on, it is good to rest in the fact that He, who put dreams in our hearts, will bring them about in His timing. It would be helpful if He gave us the timetable that went along with the dreams, but perhaps He knows we have some growing to do “in the mean time”.

As we crossed back over the Atlantic Ocean on our home from Eastern Europe, I found myself fighting back tears, thinking of God’s faithfulness. It is amazing to know that regardless of our season of life, our identity and who we are in Christ remains the same. So we need to know who we are in Christ and be that person with confidence, no matter what season of life we find ourselves in.

She is like a tree planted beside streams—a tree that produces fruit in season and whose leaves do not wither. She succeeds in everything she does. Psalms 1:3 (GW)

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