Ecclesiastes 3:1 (ESV) For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…
Living in Florida, there are not always clearly defined seasons. Winters are often unseasonably warm and the sweltering summer may begin in spring. Life can be like that for us, too. Trusting God is tough when the season does not yield the kind of fruit expected or it is taking longer than originally thought. As I study to share with the women of our church for Mother’s Day, I am struck by the words of Solomon. For EVERYTHING there is a season. Everything is an all-inclusive term leaving nothing out. To consider this means to accept that all the details of our life have something productive within them. There is time for EVERY matter under Heaven. It is easy to praise God when things turn out as expected but how one responds when a world falls apart, plan fails or loss is inevitable reveals the contents of our heart. It is in brokenness the seed gives life to its potential and so it is with the measure of faith that the Lord has invested in our hearts.
Psalm 145:14-16 (ESV) The Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
It has taken the Lord more than 52 years to break through my hard heart and captivate my thoughts with the idea that every season has purpose. It has taken a long and arduous journey to realize that all things are possible with God and that His Word will not return to Him void. Youth comes with the missive that everything has to happen right now. You only live once. Make it count. Fifteen minutes represents years to those who are young and impatient. With such an impetuous nature, experience teaches many hard lessons that only one encounter with the Living God can change from disaster to destiny. When I was a child, my grandmother with great love and affection would say to me, “You must have patience.” Now that I am a grandmother – I am only beginning to understand the true potential of waiting and trusting God. I am quite sure that I will one day say these words to my little grandson as he already exhibits a lack of patience and willfulness as a little baby.
In church as children, we are taught, “He’s got the whole world in His Hands.” One worship song declares, “You hold my every moment.” And goes on to proclaim, “You hold my world in Your Hands.” The confession is there but do we actually believe what we are speaking in our life. To trust that the Lord will make good of every detail of our life (Romans 8:28) and believe that He supplies food in due season and satisfies the desire of every living thing. The Lord has promised that for EVERYTHING there is a season, but do we leave the field when it takes too long? He also says that there is time for EVERY matter under heaven. We serve an intentional God. A God who started from the beginning and has made it to the end. The details are clearly defined as destiny. The promise has purpose marked out specifically by a plan that contains a future and hope. He has set it forth in His Word. He has placed the Word in our heart. Jesus makes all things possible for those who believe. It comes down to this season. It is all about this moment. The current process has fruit that will nourish and satisfy our soul and yield true contentment and abundance. We must only believe.
Proverbs 16:4 (ESV) The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.
To believe that there is godly purpose in every detail of our life takes practice. It is an intentional mindset to trust God no matter how long it takes or how close to disaster it seems. To wait beyond our patience simply because He said to. To do exactly what He said even when it is not logical, rational, comfortable, convenient or controlled. To live abandoned to God’s Purpose takes us far beyond the ordinary into the extraordinary. Walking by faith and not by sight is not something others may understand and embrace. I guess it depends what you are after in this life. Do you desire what comes naturally or that which is derived supernaturally? Do you want a mediocre life or to live in the miraculous? Who the Son sets free is truly free. The Lord will not make you take His Blessings. He will not force His Promises on you. He will not make you prosper if you decide to do something else. But for those who believe and pursue Him – God is faithful. He will do exactly as He promised at the appointed time and not a moment sooner.
Purpose is aborted outside of patience. To end the process before the product is complete is a miscarriage. The Lord has promised life exceedingly abundantly more than one can think, ask or imagine which means that there is preparation in order to produce it. Did you know that most lottery millionaires are penniless in just three short years? They receive an increase but have a heart of famine. They do not know how to manage money and invest wisely so they live recklessly. Without good counsel, many will be in deeper debt than before the windfall came. New wine will burst old wineskins causing it to spill out. (Matthew 9) So the Lord must prepare you for the promise that He has for you so that when it comes you will be ready for it.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 (ESV) He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.
The Lord promises that He has made everything beautiful in its time. EVERYTHING. I cannot stress this enough today as I read the Word and feel compelled by His Spirit. God knows your life from beginning to end. He recorded it before you took your first breath. (Psalm 139) He didn’t write a fairytale. He wrote a future and hope for this life you are living. There is nothing you can do to separate yourself from the Love of God. He loves you. He pursues you with unfailing love and goodness every single day. His Mercy is new every morning. His Grace is always enough. To decide that God has a plan that does not carefully planned and recorded including our faults and failures is ridiculous. He knows. He had to. Christ finished His Work on the Cross and provided the payment for our every sin bearing the weight of each one – past, present and future – in that moment. God is omnipresent. He is omniscient. He is Sovereign. What does that mean? Everywhere. All knowing. Completely in control including all power and authority. This is the God who promises that EVERYTHING is made beautiful in its time. He put eternity in our heart so we know the goal and what to strive for. He does have the whole world in His Hands. God does hold every moment. He is exactly who He says He is and will do exactly as He promised.
I have been a mother for 28 years raising five children. My season of parenting is down to just one child and three more years before she graduates from high school. I have been a mom the majority of my life. I have lived long enough to see broken things become beautiful. I have planted fields yet to bear fruit. As the nest becomes empty, I am not sure what comes next. I don’t remember my life before I was responsible for little people. Holding my little grandson, I look at him differently. I love him with all of my heart but know that he is not my responsibility. What’s next?
The changing of seasons in life is not always easy. In fact, leaving one place for another is often a challenge as humans given to comfort, convenience and control. As I wait on the Lord for direction, I know that He makes EVERYTHING for a season. I must trust His Timing. The Lord promises a time for EVERY matter so those unresolved issues will be made right. He doesn’t just promise us resolution but says that He makes EVERYTHING beautiful in its time. There is beauty in the broken things. There is life for those dead dreams. We must only speak the Word by faith and dry bones will come to life. Timing is everything, right. God’s Timing is perfect. Every promise will be yours in good time. Will you trust the Lord of the harvest today? Will you dare to believe that His Word will not fail? Will you be there when the harvest of your heartache, the fruitfulness of your tears gives way to the beauty of His Plan and Purpose when it comes to pass? It will happen all in good time – God’s Time!
Isaiah 40:28-31 (ESV) Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.