“To everything there is a season. A time for every purpose under heaven…” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV)
I love newness. I’m a mover and a shaker, I’m a go-er and a do-er. The Lord has repeatedly spoken “pace” over my life - counselling me to slow down and take things in; to find peace in His present presence; to resist constant anticipation of what’s next. And in the new year, the options for newness are boundless!
All around us the “new year” presents a multitude of choices for fresh starts, new goals, exciting beginnings, hopes and dreams (also enforcing the importance of a “new decade”, in case you wanted to consider the next 10 years, too). Undoubtedly, there will be many incredible and exciting opportunities. However, all of these beautiful new things can also come with new stress, pressure, striving, anxiety, expectations, disappointment, and frustration.
I’m young with much to learn, but from what pie-slice of life I’ve lived, I continually see how much our present here-and-now wrestles with the eternal then-and-not-yet promises of God...especially in a now-please-thanks culture. I admit to wanting spiritual seasons and lessons to move as quickly as the calendar year but have yet to see God work that uniformly and (to be honest) inefficiently. Despite the challenges that come with success or struggle in life, my gaining character from Him, wisdom, hope, and faith would be inefficient if God worked as over-efficiently as our culture does. Praise God He has the upper hand on time.
The seasons will ever be ingrained in our yearly calendars and changing of the climate around us. But we can never anticipate the arrival or completion of a season of God in our lives. And while He hasn’t presented us a firm calendar of what life will hold for us, He has provided us the unchanging promises of His Word and the ever-present guide of the Spirit.
As creation, we can only observe the limits of the human experience. He alone knows what each season holds and which of His larger purposes are coming to fruition within them. In all your newness, your same-ness, your when-will-this-ever-end-ness...pray His wisdom be at the forefront of your mind, the frontrunner of your heart. Pray also for the wisdom to walk others through their unique seasons as we, too, have been given the honour to be His light in the world. Read the rest of the famous Ecclesiastes seasons passage below, praying for belief of His goodness over yesterday, today, and tomorrow - whatever the season holds.
(Fun suggestion: listen to “Rest in You” by Sons & Daughters as you read!)
“...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; a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to gain and a time to lose; a time to keep and a time to throw away; a time to tear 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.” Ecclesiastes 3:2-8 (NKJV)