By Kristin Overman
I went straight into earning my master’s degree my senior year of college. After six years of full-time college I was so ready to be done. I wanted to move on to the next phase of life, get a job, and make money. Now I am a mom of four boys and wish I had more time to read and write. Life happens in seasons.
God ordains the seasons. He made seasons for creation, changes that cycle, constants that repeat. Every summer brings heat, animals store up their food. The winter brings cold, animals burrow and hibernate. Matthew 6 describes how God provides for the lilies and the sparrow. He does not clothe the lily in winter, nor provide food for the sparrow in cold. They have to be where He has made provision. Could the same principle, that there are repeating cycles apply to us as well? Could we experience seasons that are common to us all? I believe a purposeful God has given us patterns and cycles we can predict.
Being aware of these seasons can help us succeed, be better prepared, and skillful at dealing with life. Within His plan is where the blessing is.
Psalm 90:1-2 says, “As for the days of our life they contain seventy years, or if due to strength eighty years…For soon it is gone and we fly away…So teach us to number our days, that we may present to Thee a heart of wisdom.” I believe wisdom is to do the right things, at the right time, and in the right place. When you are young, learn all you can about the Bible, history, and people. Learn to be good at something. Become an expert. Believe me, when you are in the next phase you won’t have as much time. As a young adult build your wealth, work hard, invest in your children and establish your home. In the next phase those kids will be gone. In middle age invest in the church and younger generations. Pass on the wisdom you gained from going through it. As an elder use it all to influence and lead your community.
God’s plan works and it is good!