By God’s loving providence, I recently found myself in a season of multiple transitions:
Almost Empty Nester turned
Care Giver with a
Career Change involving a
Cross Country Move requiring
Combining Two Homes into One!
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
To my shame, I can find myself reluctant and even outright rebellious at times to “my season.” Oh, you know…it begins with a thought and turns into a statement within my heart sounding much like Martha’s…
And she went up to him (Jesus) and said, “Lord, do you not care…?”(Luke 10:40).
However, I am soooooo thankful for God’s grace that during any season of life I can trust in His Word to lovingly reprove and correct my sinful heart when my attitude begins heading south to Negativeville. His inspired Word trains me to become His blameless child from the inside out. I can take heart trusting His Word will help me happily serve Him no matter the season I find myself in.
“The glory of man is but as the flower of the grass.
See the fullness of the word of God,
and its sufficiency.
The word of the Lord reaches to all cases, to all times.
It will take us from all confidence in man,
or in our own wisdom, strength, and righteousness.
Thus shall we seek comfort and happiness from Christ alone”(Matthew Henry).
Maybe your life experiences don’t exactly intersect with mine. Your season of life may involve…
Searching for satisfaction in God’s gift of singleness.
Serving faithfully on the mission field far from all that is comfortable and familiar.
Starting a new career or marriage (or both!)
Sleepless nights and changing diapers…lots of them.
Suffering from infertility, loss, or a serious illness
Senior discounts, Grandchildren, and countless doctor visits…
Or, just fill in the blank with your God-ordained season!
Seven Truths You Can Trust from Scripture in Any Season of Life:
1. While life’s seasons will change or may seem uncertain, we can have hope knowing God’s Word and works are certain:
“Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89).
“…His precepts are sure; they are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness” (Psalm 111:7-8).
2. Our identity is not found in our season, but in our Savior:
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
3. We can develop a greater heart of gratitude knowing every season we find ourselves experiencing is in accordance to God’s will.
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (I Thessalonians 5:18).
“Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20).
4. All that comes with each season is preparing us for something, or some place, greater than what we are encountering…
“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself” (Philippians 3:20).
5. Rather than become distracted by our season of life, we can be like Mary, and come humbly to our Savior and listen to our Savior’s sufficient teaching:
“Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching… has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
6. No matter how difficult we find our season of life, as a chosen child of God, we can rest, take refuge, be restored and learn from the resources of His Son:
“Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him” (Proverbs 30:5).
“The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple” (Psalm 19:7).
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
7. Finally, We can rejoice knowing God is working His purposes in “our seasons” and it is a beautiful gift from your Loving God making us more like our Savior for His glory:
“ Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17).
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers” (Romans 8:28-29).
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (1 Timothy 3:16-17).
How do you see our good God equipping you in “your season” of life?
Do you see how it is fitting you for your real home, heaven?
What Scripture do you find yourself savoring in “your season” of life?
Take heart with me, dear friend, as we have a Wonderful God…
”Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them” (Psalm 139:16).