Do you ever face seasons in your life that you think will never end, or do you face a season that you don’t want to end because you feel someone will be left behind? Well, this has been my mix of seasons the past eight or nine months.I spent some time reflecting on Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.
At first I found myself in a dry season just questioning God, needing his guidance and direction in ministry, and silence is all I received. Many of you have been there you know what I mean. Angry and fusterated I felt myself grow bitter toward God. I did not want to pray anymore, read, or study my bible. Then a new season in my life started with my dads death.Talk about knocking you to your knees fast! I found myself now only being held together by God’s strenght and love. The one person I had given up on was the one person I needed and wanted the most. It was during the first few months of this season of greif that I begain to realize God’s silence in previous months. He was not being silent as I thought he was giving me zero confirmation to be involved or do anything in any ministry, because he knew what would lie ahead. He always knows what is best and is preparing us for the next steps in our life even when we feel like he is punishing us, or just not speaking. It has been during this dificult season of greif that I have realized the only thing or person who could really help me or comfort me was him. He is a Good Good Father! I had filled my life with so many people, things, and ministy and not really enough of Jesus. I remember sitting in my living room one day thinking wow, where is everyone now? Now that the funeral is over and a few weeks have passed where are those people who said I’m here? They were no where to be found, and I felt they did not care. I felt alone and very sorry for myself in my own puddle of pity just splashing around when I started to read, and God reminded me that he is all that I need that while the holy spirit dwels in me I am truly never alone. Jesus is always sitting beside me in any converstation. John 16:13-15 says
“But when he the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth. For he will not speak from himself, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will proclaim to you the things to come. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and will proclaim it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he takes from what is mine and will proclaim it to you.”
In this verse we can see their is a direct connection between the Holy Spirit’s relation within the Trinity, and our relationship with Jesus and God the father. Jesus is our friend, actually our best friend. He is our hero, cheerleader, always wanting what is best for us his children. It is through the holy spirit that renewal is brought to our lives. So when you get in your season of struggle or your puddle of pity and you feel alone remember that God is there and he truly is all that you need. When I finally realized this I was ready to move to a new season still in my grief, still needing God to daily comfort me, but ready to march forward for him and his kingdom in a new season that he has called me to. Ready to please him and not others. Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
I pray you feel encouraged and know that God is with you and for you!
May you be blessed and encouraged.
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