A New Beginning. Hello, Spring!
Today is the official first day of spring and I couldn't be happier about it. We have had a mild winter here in South Carolina but I am ready for warmer temperatures and sunny days. I love spring because after a cold, long winter full of dreary days it is refreshing to start over. The flowers start to bloom, the temperature warms up, we finally thaw out from the cold, and it seems like God uses spring to remind me of something; all seasons come to an end.
Last year, I wrote a lot about the many seasons we face in our lives. We have great seasons, tough seasons, and utterly dark seasons. The difficult seasons seem to be the seasons of growth. The seasons of calm and smooth-sailing are meant to be embraced and to enjoy. Seasons come in all shapes and sizes and they all serve a purpose.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 says,"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which 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; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace."
Seasons come and go throughout our lives. I am sure you can think of a season you wish you never had to walk through. A season of loss or growth that was extremely painful. We have all been there and it isn't easy while we are in the middle of the season. Spring is a reminder to me that no matter how long, how hard, how incredibly exhausting and heartbreaking your season of life is; a new season is coming. A change of scenery in your spiritual walk is on its way and God knows when we need that season change better than we could ever know for ourselves.
God loves us far too much to let us stay the same all the time. He wants us to grow and to experience His goodness and faithfulness. If life was full of easy seasons only then we would't see how faithful God can be on the darkest of days. I remember during my battle with postpartum depression how I knew in my mind that God would get me through the season but it was still hard getting out of bed every morning still feeling depressed. A lot of times, we can see the end is in sight but still struggle to trust that He really is seeing our pain. If that season of my life would have never happened then I wouldn't know how faithful and powerful God truly is. Of course I believe wholeheartedly that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think ( Ephesians 3:20). In that season though, I saw it clearly that He could and would bring me through the dark season and into a brighter season.
Cling to your season and trust that God is going to give you a much needed season change in His perfect timing.
I would love to know how I can pray for you today, friend!
If you feel led to share, I would love to know more about a season of your life that was really hard for you and the way that God showed Himself faithful to you in that season.