Jen’s Gem: Trust God in every season.
As I write this blog post, summer is coming to a close. In a few days, we will welcome fall although if you visit any department store, it’s already Christmas! Time to break out the wooly socks and sweaters as we say farewell to another season.
It’s no secret that summer is my favorite time of year. Having grown up on Long Island, I am a beach girl at heart. I’m not a fan of cold weather, snow, or nearly anything associated with this time of year. My dream is to become a snowbird and fly south for the winter. Recently, several friends have moved to warmer climates, and I will have to hit them up for their guest rooms once the temps take a dip.
The Bible speaks of changing seasons, most specifically in Ecclesiastes. We are likely all too familiar with the following verse whether we’ve read it in the Bible or sung the popular song by The Byrds, “Turn! Turn! Turn!”.
“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven…” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV)
According to Merriam-Webster, there are several definitions of the word “season.” Here are a few:
- A time characterized by a particular circumstance or feature.
- A suitable or natural time or occasion.
- A period marked by special activity especially in some field.
It’s easy to think that this verse refers to the four seasons, and while these are included (it does say “everything”), it goes far deeper than the weather.
When we look back on the various seasons of our lives, these memories can evoke a boatload of feelings. Joy at children being born or graduations. Sadness at deaths or losses. Confusion over new beginnings. If I’ve learned anything, it’s that whether we like it or not, change is the only constant in our lives!
But do you know what else can be a constant? How we handle the seasons of our lives. We can decide to embrace each change or allow the circumstances to throw us off kilter. (Guess which decision is best?)
I know. It’s not easy to remain even keeled when the world around us is cray cray. My children and I have had a number of challenges thrown at us recently. Some were expected; others were out of left field. But do you know who wasn’t surprised about any of it?
He knew all these trials were coming before He set the planets in motion. He also knew what my reaction would be, and He knows how everything will turn out. While I may not know the specifics of the solutions, He does. I may not know the timing, but He does. My job throughout this season is simple.
The Bible verse that is always ‘whispered’ to me in my spirit every time I pray during a trial is “Be still and know that I am God.” As a natural born “fixer,” my inclination is to dive into the problem and get to work on solving it. God has enough to do, right?
However, His preference is for me not to take a nose-dive into problem-solving, but rather for me to take a step back, pray, and take Holy Spirit led steps towards the solution. This is how you “work smarter, not harder.”
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27 NKJV)
God is not the author of chaos and confusion. He is the author of peace. I don’t know about you, but I’m sort of done with chaos and confusion. Peace sounds perfect! Yet, if we look around us, the world is the antithesis of tranquility.
Oh sure, a few moments at the ocean can help us to be calm, cool, and collected but it’s only temporary. How do we maintain this when the weather turns? When circumstances threaten our peace? We look to the Prince of Peace – Jesus. He’s got the peace we need.
““Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”” (Esther 4:14 NKJV)
As difficult as it is to live in the world today, God equipped you to thrive during this time. You are alive right now for a reason. If God didn’t think you could handle it, He’d have created you to live at another time.
Seasons will change – both inside and outside until the end of time. Yet, how we handle them is directly correlated to our peace. Decide today to “be still” and trust God to get you through.