God In Every Season

God In Every Season

For the past five years we have had a home in beautiful, Ormond Beach, Florida. This past week we sold that home. 

As I sit on the porch of our house here in PA the uncertainty of future overwhelms my thoughts. I begin to talk to God.

It’s September 24, 2019 the first official day of Autumn. As I observe the leaves gently falling to the ground with their brilliant colors of red and orange tones, I hear the geese singing as they head south and reflect on the seasons of life. 

 Even If, a song, by Mercy Me is playing. I sing along with the chorus declaring,

I know You’re (God) able and I know you can, Saved through the fire with Your mighty hand, But even if You don’t, My hope is YOU alone, I know the sorrow , I know the hurt, would all go away if you’d just say the word, but even if you don’t my hope is You alone.

In seasons of uncertainty what do we tell ourselves? Where do we place our trust? Is our hope in what we can do or in what God has done and promises to continue to do?

Is it difficult to stop doing for a season what we feel God has given us to do? Maybe sickness or opposition inhibits our efforts. Do we see these as opportunities to be led by Holy Spirit into a season of rest and waiting or do we push for what we want? 

When it comes to walking with God there are times, He calls us to action and times He requires inaction. Are we willing to listen?

Having grown up feeling abandoned by family for several of my early years I dread being alone or isolated. Isolation often overcomes me leaving me in a state of despair. Staying busy and planning has been the antidote I have relied on to avoid this dreaded feeling. Today God asks me to be still and wait on Him in my inactivity.

I sit alone on our homes front porch knowing that relationship with Gods is what my heart longs for. I’ve come to understand that this place of solitude is a useful place. It’s harvest so rich outweighs the harvest season when the corn and wine are abundant. 

Do we thank God for interrupted endeavors? Do we truly believe that nothing can separate us from the love of God?

Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any power, 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.

Seasons bring change often accompanied by times of perceived isolation, uncertainty, and inactivity but God’s plan for us will not waver. He longs to commune with us. He created us for relationship with Him and others. Intimacy with our maker can be strengthened through our inactivity. Surrendering our desires draws us to His love. Through our waiting we experience God’s power. 

Do we consider that our service today may be to do nothing but to be still and wait? During these times of quiet we are able to hear our Makers gentle whisper.

1 King 19:12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire, and after the fire a still small voice. 

Isaiah 30:15b in returning and rest you shall be saved, in quietness and confidence shall be your strength. 

Isaiah 30:18 Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; and therefore, He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him. 

Is God calling you to wait on Him? Do you have difficulty with times of inactivity? I’d love to hear how you quiet and enter into God’s presence.

2 thoughts on “God In Every Season

  1. Joanna , thanks for this today, I really needed to hear this this morning , due to my years of isolation from my family in my teenage years and different people taking me in starting at age 12 , and at times having no place to go let alone having something to eat , I would walk the roads all hours of the day & night to keep occupied , God never left me alone. I can only say that his hand protected me as I walked alot of back country roads at all hours of the night and never seen or was approached by any wild animal that would have ended up life , and it proves how real God and his saving grace is thru this and all the good christian people who opened their homes to me & just the fellowship of meals & having time with them was so abundant I can’t express my gratitude & love enough for all the families and the power God has , I still have depression from my family to this day not accepting me & the hurt they have done, I have forgiven them , spent countless times in prayer about this & even tried to mend the relationship with them & going to their homes to get closer but to no avail have they accepted me , I know how you feel in this area , I have a hard time quieting my self down & try to stay busy with things or helping others , please keep me in your prayers for guidance thru this , I know God is a gracious , & forgiving God , and he wants only the best in our lives , we are not quarantined tomorrow, he says in his word that we will have times if strife & times of rejoicing , this is where I struggle is in reading his word and keeping it in my memory , I have read his word many times cover to cover and can’t retain it , I’m praying for you guys as God leads you thru another journey in life , that he give you both guidance & strength thru it all and I praise him he has been right there by your side thru each and every step in your life, may God keep richly protecting & blessing you in everything you do , God bless you your friend, Derwood

    1. Thank you, Derwood, for sharing. I am so happy to hear how God truly has sustained your life. It’s wonderful to know how he has used the love and kindness of others to comfort and strengthen you. I’m so thrilled to hear how He has been your protector.
      I appreciate you reading and your encouraging words. May God’s blessings be upon you.

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