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; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing. Ecclesiastes 3:1-15
Seasons are these funny things that provide an inevitable period of time designated for certain things to happen. Where I come from, winter is always a time for snow and cold weather. Summer is a time to relax and hang out by the pool while enjoying the sunshine on your face. Spring is for fresh flowers and new beginnings. Fall is a time for harvest and all things pumpkin spice. Each season has its beauty.
Like seasons of weather, life has seasons as well. This past weekend my family said good-bye to a decade full of relationships, church ministry and a place we called home! While driving the many miles that now separate us, a deep sense of mourning came over my very being. My husband is beginning a new ministry position in just a couple of weeks, and while we are looking very forward to that, I was feeling guilty for feeling caught in the middle of the sadness that plagued me from leaving such incredible things behind and the joy that comes with the plans the Lord has for us right here in this brand new season.
The Lord used a good friend to remind me of the scripture from Ecclesiastes 3 where the bible tells us there is a time for everything. He reminded me that the Lord will give us the strength to embrace the beauty that comes with the new season before us, despite the fact that we are simultaneously muddling through a season of loss.
Some seasons will inevitably be liked more than others, but God has said there is purpose in all of the seasons we face. Are you facing a particularly hard season in your life right now? Ask God to reveal to you the beauty in your current season while also preparing you for the beauty to come in future seasons.
Bless you, sister! Xo