Enjoy The Season


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To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3: 1

To everything there is a season…

In which season do you find yourself this morning?

We just celebrated the Thanksgiving season. Thanksgiving is a time when we reflect on all the things for which we are thankful, and on the blessings that God has placed in our lives. We offer up prayers of thanks to God for taking care of us and for providing for our needs. We thank God for His gift of Salvation.

We are rapidly approaching the Christmas season. Christmas is a time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus. We take time and think about the Christmas story of Mary and Joseph and a baby born in a manger. At Christmas time we share gifts with our loved ones and plan family gatherings to celebrate another year.

Outside of the normal Holiday seasons which we celebrate each year there are many more seasons through which we go. Some of these seasons will bring happy memories and some will bring sad memories. Some of these seasons will bring joy and some will bring pain.

 Ecclesiastes 3: 2-8 reads:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which 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 get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, 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.

I do not know in which season you find yourself this morning, but I can assure you that wherever you are God is there. You may not always be able to see Him moving; You may not be able to feel Him working, but He is there. If you will believe in Him and trust His timing, God will work things out for you.

God may not always work things out the way that we plan. We must remember that His thoughts are not our thoughts, neither are His ways our ways. (Isaiah 55:8) We must trust that even when we do not understand, God still knows best. He always has our best interest in mind.

As you go through different seasons in your life I want you to rest in the assurance that God knows. He sees all, knows all, and is in control of every situation that you are facing. It is up to you to give each situation to God and allow Him to do as He will.

We are promised in Romans 8:28: 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.”

I want to encourage you today. There is not one single thing we go through where God is not right there. He already knows what is going to take place and He already knows how it is going to end. Let us put our trust in The One who has written the book. He knows the story. He is The Author of our lives. Will you trust Him today?

God’s Timing is Perfect


photo by: claraadee

 

 

“To everything there is a season,

and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”

Ecclesiastes 3:1

As I was praying about what I should share with you this morning, my heart was burdened by  many things going on in our world. I know several families who are going through trials right now, and I think of all the families that have been affected by the recent storms. I am sure as you read this, that you too have people for whom you are praying. I wanted to share with you what I feel God spoke to my heart.

When I think about the different situations that people are going through, my mind often wonders, “God, what is your plan?”  This morning as I pondered that same thought, God spoke to my heart and this scripture came to my mind:

” For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.”

Isaiah 55:8

I did not feel as if God was scolding me; I felt comforted by the reminder that I do not know the whole picture. I was reminded that what may look like a hopeless situation in my eyes is something altogether different in the sight of God.

When I look at life, all I can see is what is right here in front of me at this moment. I can think about the future and what it may hold, but I can not see what is to come next year, next week, or even tomorrow. I feel that God designed life this way for a reason. I think back on situations of my past and I am glad that I could not see what was coming. I am certain that, could I have known what was coming, I would have been scared to death.

I find immense comfort in knowing that there is nothing in this life that surprises God. He never has to take a minute to figure it out, or to decide the best decision to make. God is all-knowing, all-seeing, and all-powerful. I do not know how this makes you feel, but this brings me hope and peace this morning.

I am thankful today for a God who has my life in His hands. I find peace in knowing that no matter what I am going through right now, what I will go through tomorrow, or what I may go through in years to come, God already knows, and He already has a plan for me.

I do not know what you may be going through, what sort of trials you are facing, but I do know the God we serve. I want to encourage you today with the reminder that God’s timing is perfect! No matter how big the storm, no matter how long the road, and no matter how deep the valley, God is already there. He already sees, He already knows, and He is working for your good.

I pray today, if you are facing uncertainty, that you will allow God to cover you with His peace and comfort. I pray that you will seek His face and His will for your life.

Remember, God sees the whole picture from beginning to end, and He has the perfect plan if you will just allow Him to lead and to guide.