I’m enjoying watching all the flowers bloom and the trees bud as spring emerges this year. Spring seems like a new beginning after the bareness of winter. Even though everything seems dead in the winter, of course we know it’s not. Life is still going on, just in ways that we can’t see. Sometimes seasons of our life can seem that way, bare, and dead . . . but we are still alive – God is still at work inside us.My family seems to be emerging from a season of life that I was beginning to think was bare. So much struggle during times of unemployment, being displaced from our home, and separated from the man of the house while he worked to find us a new home and livelihood. This time of life has been one filled with testing and waiting. Wondering if any of the things we were trying to accomplish would work out. Wondering if we were really hearing from God or were we going to have to give up and tell everyone that we made a mistake and all of this happened for nothing. There were times that we even wanted to give up because the struggle seemed too difficult, but we prayed and sensed that God was telling us not to give up.
We are now just days from being reunited as a family and moving to the place God has been leading us to. I am so excited! Not only are the things we were praying for happening, but looking back at this struggle, I see lots of ways that God has been at work to help me and Kevin to grow closer to Him. He is not just restoring me to a spring-time season, it seems that He has transformed me into a whole new creation! I’m learning more about who God really is by reading His Word. I’m no longer reading it just to learn Bible facts. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says:
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Romans 12:2 says:
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
I’m so glad God is working in my life – even when I am impatient and struggling to believe the things He is trying to teach me. I know that we haven’t “arrived” yet. There is still lots to learn and lots of growing to do, but I am celebrating the progress that I see and looking forward to the season that we are about to enter. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 says:
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; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast 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 for war, and a time for peace.
We think that life would be so much better if we could skip the unpleasant seasons of life, but as you can see in Ecclesiastes, God brings us through good times and bad times. And He will use all of it if we will only let Him. Micah 6:8 tells us what God wants us to do through all the seasons that we face in life:
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
What season do you find yourself in today? Are you walking through it with God? Lets remember that He is with us even in the bare times, and one day we will emerge to a season of beauty!