By: Becky Cook
Ecclesiastes 3:2 says,
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
My husband and I spent some time this week sitting at the bedside of one of the sweetest godliest women ever to be in our ministry. Life is wavering for her. Change is inevitable! How does someone leave a home they have known for fifty years? How does one accept that they may never walk again but be confined to a wheelchair?
My husband asked me to pray over her before we left. I found myself praying for peace in the decision making and comfort for her physically. But throughout the week I have found myself being burdened for another prayer, “Lord, help her accept this new season.” Why didn’t I think of that then?
This week I have encountered more people who are experiencing change:
- A mother who has just taken her only child to college, her heart now in shock. Her text to me: “How did you do this?”
- A mom who has just sent the last of three to college now facing an empty nest. Her tearful voice on the phone, “I can’t even talk about it!”
- A woman who is adjusting to going back to work, with all three kids in tow! Her face expressing frustration as she has to peel one off her leg.
- A newlywed facing the unknown of another deployment… it’s part of the job! Her response: I can’t get frustrated; I just wonder how to plan?
- The 101 year old grandmother who has to change rooms because she can’t behave! Her question: “Why did they move me?” (She doesn’t play well with roommates anymore.)
- A wonderful Christian lady who goes in for neck surgery and now has no movement in her right arm, why?
- A great man of God whose days of traveling to preach the word are over…he watches church on TV. Is this all there will be now?
My question… Is this all fair? No, but it’s a season!
Why do we struggle with the seasons in life? It’s crazy to think that if we can respond to the seasons of nature that God set in place that we cannot respond similarly to the seasons of life that God ordains.
Fall brings change, crispness in the air, a new school year, football, pumpkin spice lattes! Can you feel it? We love it and respond to it with a fresh breath.
Winter brings change, fireplaces in full use, the beauty of snow, the sound of holiday music, the quietness of empty trees, the laughter of families at holidays.
We love it and respond to it as we cuddle inside watching out the window.
Spring brings change, the sight of new growth outside, the smell of fresh cut grass, the sun peeping out earlier and staying up longer, the sound of children playing outside again. We love it and respond to it with a slight spring in our step and thoughts of the approaching days of summer!
Summer brings change, rest for many, vacations, the sound of the ocean, the chance to mush sand between our toes, open pools, boats on the lake! We love it and respond to it by planning ahead to enjoy it!
Our response to these seasons is the key! Do we need to be reminded that God created these seasons?
Our response to the seasons of life is also the key. God is in control and has His purpose set in motion when these seasons roll around. As believers, we will all face change. How we respond is the true test of our faith. At the point of change, in the moment of questioning and with our doubting faith, is when God can really take hold and use us! The world needs to see believers walking through those seasons reflecting how FAITH can see you through anything!
- Mother of the only child, let go, she belongs to Him; it’s your Season to TRUST.
- Mother with the empty nest, invest in others; it’s your Season to SERVE.
- Working mom, let others see you persevere; it’s your Season to REFLECT LOVE.
- Newlywed daughter, boast not of tomorrow; it’s your season to LOVE TODAY.
- Mammaw, keep looking to Heaven; it’s your season for ETERNAL HOPE.
- Sister who needs healing, He is your Great Physician; it’s your season of HEALING.
- Dad, fight the good fight; it’s your season to ENCOURAGE young men of God.
- Mrs. Ruth, there may be a new mission field for you; it’s your season to TESTIFY of God’s faithfulness.
If you are facing change, a new season in life, grab hold and know your Savior has a plan! Until he calls you home, there is purpose in every step of your journey!
Your attitude and response is a light in this world of darkness! Let it shine BRIGHT!