It's officially fall outside; but what season is it on the inside?
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a change of season, for changing leaves and pumpkin spice lattes!
I always find it so refreshing to experience a change in season. Being in one state for too long can begin to feel old and grow stale. But just in time, God changes the tide and shifts our surroundings for the sake of refreshment, causing us to revel in how deeply He knows our needs.
And just like the change in weather, God changes the atmosphere of our lives. He shows us when it’s time to plant, time to rest, when it’s time to sow and time to enjoy.
This is the time of year that always reminds me of Ecclesiastes 3. Starting in verse 1 it reads:
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance…”
So I ask you: what is your season right now?
Are you growing weary of tilling the soil of your life and are in need of some rest?
Are you getting lethargic and realizing it’s time to get out of your place of rest and get up and start planting some seeds?
Or possibly, is it simply time to enjoy the rewards of your work?
I encourage you to spend some time with the Lord and ask Him. Make sure you are working under His grace, and not through your own idea of what you “should” be doing.
God can change our season at the drop of a dime. Our seasons can shift over a single day, or over a few months.
Perhaps you feel as if you have been in a certain season for longer than you anticipated. I get it, I’ve been there too! However, I encourage you to set aside time to pray and open up to the Lord about how you are experiencing this time. He is present with you in every season, and in getting alone with Him, you just might gain some insight into your current experience that you didn’t have before.
Prayer is powerful. And so is thanksgiving.
Psalm 34 reads:
“I will praise the Lord no matter what happens. I will constantly speak of his glories and grace. I will boast of all his kindness to me. Let all who are discouraged take heart. Let us praise the Lord together and exalt his name.
For I cried to him and he answered me! He freed me from all my fears. Others too were radiant at what he did for them. Theirs was no downcast look of rejection! This poor man cried to the Lord—and the Lord heard him and saved him out of his troubles. For the Angel of the Lord guards and rescues all who reverence him.”
So I encourage you, stay in His timing and be present and active in whatever season you are in today. Know that you are seen, heard and eternally loved, and that God has something GOOD for you hidden around every corner!