Seasons

“There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven…”  Ecclesiasties. 3.1

I’ve seen tremendous extremes in the lives of family and friends recently: babies born and loved ones dying, jobs lost and jobs found, children conceived and pregnancies ending tragically soon, romances blooming and relationships ending, miraculous recoveries and difficult sudden diagnoses.  All this occurring in a matter of weeks.  What does one make of such extremes in these uncertain times?

Seeing such polar experiences playing out in the lives of people I love has weighed on my heart.  I find myself overwhelmed with joy for those experiencing such rich blessings right now and deeply grieved for the others experiencing the tremendous challenges that come from living in a fallen world.  All the while, God has continued to remind me of this simple truth: life is the journey from one season to the next.  Situations come, circumstances go.  But He never leaves us.  He never forsakes us. (Deut 31.8)  When we walk through those fires, He goes with us & in Him, we will not be set ablaze.  When flood waters come, He will see us through to the shore. (Is. 43)  Even when we feel like we’re walking blind in the valley of the shadow of death, may we remember it is only a shadow and we need not fear evil – we are simply passing through. (Ps. 23.4)  In Christ, death lost its sting. (1 Cor 15.55)

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8.38-39

I don’t pretend to have life figured out, nor will I ever fully understand why people’s paths can look so different.  I don’t know that I’ll ever grasp why some have healthy babies without even wanting them while others grieve for the chance to have just one of their own.  Its hard to balance those who live well into their 90’s with those who are crippled by illness before their time.  At this point of my life, I have so much yet to learn and stronger faith to gain.  But if these 27 years have taught me anything, it is this: God is a God of love with plans to give us a hope and a future. (Jer. 29.11)  Regardless of circumstances in my life, I know I am precious in His sight and because He loves me, I need not be afraid. (Is. 43.4-5)  He has blessed me beyond measure.  And in the hard times that have come, my frailty and desperation has allowed me to see His strength, faithfulness, and compassion in ways I would not have otherwise understood.

So take heart.   If you find yourself facing an impossible situation, if you find yourself caught between an army of opposition and an immovable sea blocking your way, remember this: all of life is the journey from one season to the next.  After all, we serve the God who parted the seas of impossibility to grant His children safe passage to their promised future and used the waters that once stood in their way to defeat the opposition that chased them. (Ex. 14)

“I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”  Psalm 27.13-14

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17 responses to “Seasons

  1. Hi, I am an avid reader of Nate’s, caught your blog originally with Isaac from Natalie… and continue to read this one.

    I don’t usually comment, but I wanted to let you know what an encouragement this blog entry was to me. There were just quite a few words, that spoke to me. I know they were meant for me.

    Thanks.

  2. mike

    Patience, I loved what you wrote. I feel the same. Now that I have come to know more people, the more I love, the more I feel, the more I rejoice. Through it all GOD encourages, gives hope and glorifies HIMself. I feel alive because of it. Thanks for being who you are, special, my sis 🙂

  3. Beautifully written. 🙂

  4. Melissa Bloomberg

    Thank you so much Patience for your encouraging words! I’ve been job searching for the past 6 months for something after I graduate here in May, and in His timing, not mine, did I get my first interview and hopeful employment for when I’m done with school. It really is true that life is a journey from season to season, and like you, I can’t wait to see what awesome plans God has for me!

    Thanks again for the encouragement! 🙂

  5. Awesome post Patience! Thank you for inspiring me 🙂

  6. Thats a great post. Thanks for inspiring me.

  7. Jane Figs

    thank u, patience. so beautiful…..

    xoxo

  8. Taneha

    Beautifully written, and something that I needed to be reminded of…

  9. And it was the perfect season for me to read this message from you.

    God’s timing is perfect timing and your timing was impeccable.

  10. Patience after reading this I feel like I have been to church. You inspire, comfort, reassure and much more. You are such a blessing and I pray that God will continue to bless you and that your precious little girl will know just how special her mommy and daddy are.

  11. Sarah Speer Samek

    You write beautifully the truth that God has given us! I was studying Ps. 125 last night about God surrounding as a mountain that can never be shaken and resting in the comfort knowing He will never leave us even though the evil in this world will cause us pain and hardship. He never promised we wouldn’t be touched by that evil, but He is always there to comfort us and deliver us from it – and how much closer we grow to Him BECAUSE of those hardships – we know He is there and HAS delivered us from it overtaking us! This life is a journey to eternity in His presence – He has not left us alone on that journey. Thanks so much for your encouragement and heart to share this hope with others! We do need to continually remind each other of this.

  12. Bryant Pearce

    I needed that. Thanks for sharing.

  13. sheilacowell

    it’s as if you were sitting across from me on a comfy couch somewhere looking me straight in the eye and speaking straight to my heart. you are a blessing beyond words my sweet friend.

    i’m praying for you this week as your season of great anticipation of your baby girl’s birth crosses the season of remembering your sweet Isaac’s birthday on Wednesday. You’re in my prayers as always.

  14. never quite sure what or how to say it, but I want you to know that I’m praying for you this week. love you guys!

  15. Gayle Smith

    Thank you for that message! I needed to read that today. All the world’s pressures and concerns have just taken hold for some reason, so thank you from my heart.

  16. Thank you so much for this post. As someone who is going through a difficult season physically it is great to be reminded of God’s goodness in all things.

    God Bless!

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