There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV
As my husband’s retirement approaches, we often talk about our former lives in the Northeast. It is inevitable that the conversation will drift to the subject of the fall and winter seasons that involve cold temperatures and ongoing snowfalls. He readily expresses a sense of dread when I recall my fondness of the beautiful landscape clothed with its coat of soft, white snow. It is then that I am reminded of a time when the strength of my youth allowed me to perform the maintenance duties and withstand the challenges that accompany life in a wintry region.
When we reflect on our lives we notice that nothing remains constant; there are changes that occur on a daily basis and our perception of these natural occurrences determine whether or not we have the strength to cope and the ability to accept change and move forward. It is also a fact that most of life’s seasonal changes that occur are beyond our control.
We are unable to prevent disasters, job loss, the tragedy of death, the failure of bankrupt businesses, and the dissolution of marriage and broken family ties. Even so, there are still seasons of love, laughter, peace, the birth of babies, and the earth bursting with colorful flowers and the greenery of majestic trees.
When the seasons arrive that produce the storms of disruption and sorrow from trials and tribulations, we cannot allow ourselves to sink into an abyss of despondency or react with anger and bitterness. While the torrential downpour is at its strongest, we can have peace in the midst of the rain.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT
During the seasons of mourning, weeping, tearing down, and overwhelming silence, GOD is here. He has already warned us that the time will come when we will be in the storm. Believe that God will always see you through every situation and every circumstance.
Just remember, God’s LOVE supersedes our finite understanding. He promises comfort and resolution to all of the seasonal changes that we experience.
And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. Mark 4:39 ESV
Prayer for today: Dear God, You are aware of the season that my life is in. I ask forgiveness for the unbelief and lack of trust in your power. I come to you today to ask for your comfort and the strength to endure until you say, “Peace be still!” In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz