To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which 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 get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 A time to rend, 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 of war, and a time of peace. Ecclesiastes 3
Next to the creator, the one sheer thing constant in this life is change. God has predestined different seasons of life to ultimately take His children from glory to glory. Yet, those with a paralyzing fear of transition block this divine flow of life. Yielding to the season provides a deeper sense of peace and a renewed fellowship with God. By overcoming fear, trusting the source and seeking the Lord for revelation, we are positioned to experience the fullness of God’s power operating in and through our lives.
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phillipians 4: 6-7
It is natural for one to fear seasons of loss or darkness. Some even experience angst in the midst of joyful seasons, unable to shake off feelings of impending doom. Either way, fear is the greatest culprit behind our resistance towards seemingly incommodious seasons of life. Yet, there is nothing to gain by resisting the orchestrated plans of the very one who is the author and finisher of our faith. We are encouraged to lean not upon our own understanding, but to acknowledge God in all of our ways. By walking out onto the deep waters during times of darkness or perplexity, we join God in the supernatural natural realm of the impossible.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
This Christian walk is no easy path as we are called to rely on our faith, not our understanding. When connected to the source, there is no need to have it all figured out. There is a reason we are instructed to “Enter through the narrow gate”. A lifestyle of faith requires an acute sensitivity to the leading of the Shepherd’s voice and a surrendered soul to follow the road less traveled. When recently asked how I feel about entering this new season of motherhood, I described it as being an adventure. Despite my personal reservations about entering vast uncharted territory, I’ve found peace in knowing my steps have been ordered by God.
For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. Matthew 7:3
Failure to fully trust God as the source, results in fear-based decision making. By remaining in dead situations, careers and relationships, we are simply not trusting the source. The place we’re in right now is not where God intended us to stay forever. We can answer the call to launch out into the deep with hopeful expectation that the Shepherd is always leading us to a place of promise.
All in all, its all about accepting, not resisting. I encourage you to ask God for revelation regarding your present season of life. When fall turns to winter, the leaves begin to change color and the temperature gets colder alerting us to prepare for change. In this same way, God provides revelation of when an old season is ending or a new season is beginning. This awareness equips and empowers us to make sound decisions in step with the Holy Spirit and in accordance with God’s perfect will. As uncomfortable as we may become, we must trust that He is leading us along the best pathway for our lives. Whatever the season, count it all joy!
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4