To Everything There is a Season
As I begin to write this, I sit on my couch with the hot sun shining through my windows. Physically, it is spring outside. What about emotionally though? Does it feel like spring to you? Or does it feel like a really long winter that you just can’t get out of? Some of us may feel like we’re in a season of summer, some like spring, and some will feel like winter. In other words, some feel full of growth and joy while others full of hardships and sadness. The good news is, Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 reminds us of just this: to everything there is a season.
What season do you find yourself in right now? Maybe this is something you already know the answer to or maybe this is something you haven’t thought about in a while. Some of us might be experiencing seasons of doubt, anxiety, depression, waiting, or hardships. Others may be in a season of great joy and peace. Whichever season you may found yourself to be in, both are necessary for spiritual growth. We can find great hope that every season has it’s purpose and to everything there is a season.
So, when you’re in a season of winter, what do you do? What can you do? If you’re anything like me, seasons of winter make me feel a bit antsy and I tend to try and fix everything on my own. Funny thing is, I can’t do anything on my own strength. I need Him to get through the hard seasons (and the not so hard ones too!). Instead of trying to control our season, what if we let go and voiced our worries and requests to God? David and the other Psalmists were really good at this. They found themselves in times of hardship and were completely honest and vulnerable with God about how they felt. AND they still praised Him during these hard seasons!
What if our prayer life looked a little more like this? What if we started with being honest with God just as David was.
“Listen to my cry,
for I am very weak.
Rescue me from those who pursue me,
for they are too strong for me.” Psalm 142:6
“Save me, O God!
The water is up to my neck;
I am sinking in deep mud,
and there is no solid ground;
I am out in deep water,
and the waves are about to drown me.
I am worn out from calling for help,
and my throat is aching.” Psalm 69:1-3
After casting our fears and cries to the Lord, we remember His promises to never leave or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6). Try praying something like this:
- “But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hand.” Psalm 31: 14-15
- “My soul is quiet and waits for God alone. My hope comes from Him.” Psalm 62: 5
- “Even if I go through the deepest darkness, I will not be afraid, Lord, for you are with me. Your shepherd’s rod and staff protect me.” Psalm 23:4
Seasons change. Whatever season you may find yourself in, know that they have a beginning and end and everything in between has a purpose. As I finish writing this I am reminded of lyrics from one of my favorite songs, “Seasons” by Hillsong Worship.
“I can see the promise
I can see the future
You’re the God of seasons
And I’m just in the winter
If all I know of harvest
Is that it’s worth my patience
Then if You’re not done working
God I’m not done waiting."
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