Embracing Seasons of Change

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Many of you reading this right now are in a season of change. If you’re not in one now, you likely will be before too long. As the seasons of the year change; spring, summer, fall, and winter so do the seasons of our lives. Many changes are embraced and welcomed, such as a marriage, a new baby on the way, or a new career opportunity. However many changes are not welcome ones.

What do we do when we find ourselves in the middle of a broken relationship that appears to be hopeless? How do we drag ourselves out of bed in the morning when we are grieving the loss of a spouse, parent or child? When did the job we loved become mundane and miserable and now there seems to be no way out?

When Jesus experienced change, he went away to a quiet place to pray to the Father. This may be the last thing we want to do, yet it’s really the one thing we need to do. Friends and family are wonderful to talk to however they can’t replace intimate time with then Lord.

Prior to His ascension to Heaven, Jesus told his disciples, “It’s not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in his own authority.” Meanwhile Jesus says:
“You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you: and be my witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, in Judea, Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:7-8

According to this passage we won’t always know why we are experiencing different times and seasons of our lives. It’s in God’s hands to know. However, Jesus tells us that during these times we can, with the power of the Holy Spirit still be a witness to others around us. This seems strange for us to hear at first, because when we are in a season of pain or wondering, this is usually the last thing we want to do. However,when we take a moment to forget about our circumstance and be a light to someone else, we will be encouraged.

One of my all time favorite verses is Psalm 1:3
“He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth it’s fruit in it’s season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.”
This passage is speaking about a person that walks in Godly counsel, and doesn’t linger with scornful people. God says we will be blessed and in verse three gives us a picture of what that blessing will look like.

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Take a moment and think about yourself as that tree…planted right at the waters edge. Then consider that God is the water rapidly flowing by. The tree (You and Me) are planted at the waters edge where we can receive nourishment and refreshment. As long as we’re planted near the water (God) we will produce fruit in season. Maybe it’s this season with all it’s changes that you will produce the greatest fruit.

Today, would you consider ‘Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone’ of the season you’re in? Maybe this is a great season for you and you’re not experiencing any major shift or change in your life. My encouragement to you is be that tree planted by the river and allow God to use you to be a witness for Him. However, maybe you are in a season of great pain and you are so overwhelmed that you can’t see beyond your circumstance. I’m encouraging you today to ‘Step Outside Your Comfort Zone’ of friends and family, hurt and depression and ‘STEP INTO THE PRECENSE OF GOD’. Allow the Holy Spirit to encourage you, help you, guide your next step. Let this changing season you are experiencing right now be a time you will always look back on knowing the ‘Hand of God’ was on your life and how he used you to be a light for Him.

If you’re going through some changes in this season of life and would like to share some thoughts or scriptures to encourage others please reply to this post.

Blessings,
Jamie

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