Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Embracing Seasons

Dear Ones:

It is a beautiful day here where we live. One of the things I enjoy most about our neck of the woods is we get to enjoy a nice taste of each wonderful season.

This morning I was reading a devotional with my guys, by my boy Max Lucado. The starting verse was this:

"To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven." Ecclesiastes 3:1

The devotional talked about how "God dispenses life the way he manages his cosmos: through seasons."

We expect earthly seasons and even enjoy them but somehow when the change of personal or emotional seasons happen we can be so upset. As I read these words it rang so true for me. There are some changes like new paint colors on my walls, rearranging a room,  or a new outfit that I totally relish. But mess with my emotions, order of doing things or my semblance of control and you have a season resister on your hands. Those are the times when you think why can't it always be spring? Why does anything have to change?

Max reminded me that through the seasons of our life that "You journey in the company of the Holy Spirit, who will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I myself have told you." John 14:26 And he encouraged me to "make friends with whatever is next."

For some time now I have been in the resistance stage of the loss of how my parenting used to work.  I have greatly struggled with this change.

Max described how "change is a necessary part of God's strategy to use us to change the world, and God alters our assignments." I absolutely loved the examples he shared:

Gideon: from farmer to general
Mary: peasant girl to the mother of Christ
Paul: local rabbi to world evangelist
Joseph: baby brother to an Egyptian prince
David: shepherd to a king
Peter: fisherman to church leader

It was amazing to me to ponder these life reassignments. I mean these were drastic changes. Leaving comfort zone vacancies, big time. It was soothing to me. It reaffirmed that God does have a plan in our whole adoption journey, and it is, as always, so much bigger than I can even comprehend.

 Just like the saints mentioned above, I have been completely brought to a new season in my life. It has been very unfamiliar territory. But just look at each of those examples. They all came with suffering and hardship. But they also came with a great purpose. I certainly still have those days where I feel like why? Why did He choose us for this? But you know what? I really am starting to embrace the changes. Starting to look with anticipation to see this reassignment play out. See the purpose in it all. I fall more and more in love with my savior every single day. Only He could have orchestrated such a reassignment and plan and it can only be for good and His glory that He did so.

Stay tuned Dear Ones the best is yet to come, you won't want to miss it!

4 comments:

  1. This is so good! Not always easy to embrace EVERY season but always the best thing to do!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. "You journey in the company of the Holy Spirit" -- why do I fail to remember this? I tend to think of the Holy Spirit as a superhero I can dial in whenever I want or need Him... It certainly changes my perspective to realize how very blessed we are to have Him with us all the time, for comfort, direction, and companionship.

    You really blessed me in sharing this, especially as we tackle our own set of shifting seasons in life: a cross-global move, our oldest child beginning school, and our youngest about to celebrate her first birthday!

    I look forward to getting to know you better here on your blog!
    -Lenae (justlenae from Instagram :)

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    1. Lenae I am so glad you stopped by. I look forward to getting to know you better too. I love your comment too!!! Blessings!

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