For everything that happens in life—there is a season, a right time for everything under heaven: Ecc 3:1 (The Voice)
First thing that comes to my mind is living in New Jersey as a little girl and seeing the leaves change colors in the fall. That is a very vivid memory.
The four seasons come and go year after year and we learn to appreciate them for all they bring us.
We become accustomed to the cold of winter, the rains of spring, the heat of summer and the change of fall.
Seasons changing… we accept them as a part of life, right?
But what about our “life seasons?” How readily do we accept the changes that seem to come and interrupt our lives?
You know, like the times of sickness… times of grief or sorrow… times that you feel like you are in the wilderness…that we all go through, how are we measuring up?
When Seasons of Your Life Don’t Make Sense
The above verse says that “For everything that happens in life-there is a season, a right time for everything under heaven.” Ecc 3:1 (the voice)
What struck me from this verse were the words, “everything” and “right time.”
I thought how can there be a right time for stuff like cancer or the sudden death of a loved one?
Yet the more I read this verse, the more I was comforted by it.
It speaks to me of a God who is so intricately acquainted with us, who loves us so much and is directing our lives with such precision that nothing happens to us before it should.
My Season & How it Relates to You
For example, my husband and I have just been through one of these seasons. For the past seven months our norm has been blood tests, chemo treatments, and doctors appointments.
I must say after just getting married in December, this was not the kind of season we, as newlyweds had planned on.
But in light of this verse, I see that it was the right time for this to happen. God’s hand was all over it.
Had Marty (my husband) been diagnosed with cancer before we were married, I would not have been able to be with him in the hospital and minister to him the way I have. As a wife, I have certain privileges I would not have had otherwise.
Marty often tells me that he would not have been able to handle this all by himself, that if I had not been by his side during this season he would not have finished the chemo treaments.
So, as awful as this was, I must see this as one of God’s right timing.
“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.”
So now I not only see that there is a right time for everything, but everything has a purpose.
The Lord doesn’t just allow things like cancer to enter into someone’s life without there being a purpose for it. I love this next verse, even though at times it is so over used that we can become numb to its deep meaning.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God,to them who are the called according to His purpose. (Rom 8:28)
Did you catch that? Who’s purpose? His purpose.
And what does He do? He works all things our for our bad? NO! It’s for our good!
And since Jeremiah 29:11 says that His plans for us are for good, then we can rest in the promise that He really does have a right time and purpose for everything, for every season we go through.
Learning to Trust God When You Don’t Feel Like it
We all have circumstances in our lives when we ask the question, “why,” especially in seasons that are not so easy or pleasant.
Marty and I certainly did.
But learning to trust God and His word to the extent that we are no longer striving to get answers to the “why’s” should be our ultimate goal.
When we can do that, we are relinquishing our lordship over our lives and giving it over to Him.
Why is that?
Because we may never get the answer, at least not the one we may want. So instead of fretting over the reason, just know that God is working out all things according to HIS good purpose for you.
I dare say that as I mature in the Lord, I get better at this with each passing season. Am I perfect at this?
No way, but I am learning to sit quietly and allow each season to run it’s course, knowing fully well that He is in control of this. And in the midst of it, growing closer to the Lord as the verse below describes.
After you have suffered for a little while, the God of grace who has called you [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][to His everlasting presence] through Jesus the Anointed will mature you, restore you, support you, strengthen you, and ground you.” 1Ptr 5:10
What Season Are You In?
How about you? What season are you finding yourself in?
Are you going thru a dry spell where you feel the Lord is far away? Maybe the Lord is asking you to trust Him with your illness or difficult situation?
What ever season you’re in, just remember one thing… The Lord is in control of it and irregardless of the difficulties you may be experiencing, it has happened at the right time for you.
His timing for everything that happens in our lives is perfect.
We don’t know how long each season will last, but rest assured, beloved one, God knows. He will give you all that you need to get through it.
So don’t strive, rest and trust God, and allow Him to do His work through each season. Maintain a close relationship with Him and He will lead you through your season in victory.