As I sit here waiting for my plane to take off, I am reminded of how often we find ourselves feeling like we are perfectly prepared to move forward yet we seem to be in some sort of holding pattern. Our destination is clear and, by all accounts, we have everything we need to proceed to the next stop in our journey in life. Indeed, everything may look like we should be on our way, but sometimes there is one critical element that may be missing.
God is in control of the seasons. When Daniel was brought before Nebuchadnezzar to interpret the king’s dream, he listened to the king and said he would go and seek God for the interpretation of the dream. Daniel began talking about the greatness of God, ensuring that King Nebuchadnezzar did not think that the ability to bring an answer came from human effort. “Daniel answered and said: Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons;” (Dan. 2:20-21a). Clearly Daniel was not talking about seasons in terms of weather since he went on to talk about God elevating and lowering kings. Daniel was conveying to the king that everything that happens in life – whether one chooses to acknowledge it or not – is because of the greatness of God. You and I do not own or control the seasons of life. God is in control!
As we enter the spring season, we anticipate the “coming alive” of everything. Even this opportunity to share with you in Overflow marks a new season in my own life – the beginning of something exciting and fresh. With all this “newness of life” also comes the realization that we will each face life seasons that are beyond the changing of the calendar. Know that whatever season you find yourself in, God gives you the ability to embrace that season and get the most from that time. Here are a few things that I believe can be beneficial as we navigate through the various seasons of life.
During a recent time of devotion, I came to a familiar passage in Matthew 6:25-33. As I read the text I was suddenly struck by a short yet piercing question that Jesus asked: “Why do you worry…?” The question gripped my heart and sent me on a quest to find a reasonable answer.
The word translated worry in the NKJV comes from the Greek word merimnao meaning “to be anxious about; to have care or take thought, through the idea of distraction.” The word suggests that a preoccupation with life’s circumstances and problems will split our attention, divide our focus, and derail our faith.
Several years ago, we seized an opportunity to build a new home. In preparation for this major undertaking, we put our residence on the market and, in very short order, found ourselves in escrow for the sale of our home. Over the ten years that we had lived in that house, we had been blessed to fill each room with precious treasures. In spite of our daily commitment to organization and cleanliness, as well as an exhausting cleaning overhaul performed some months prior, my husband and I agreed that there was still quite a bit that we would have to pack for our impending move. So, while the prospect of building our dream home was exhilarating, the thought of trying to pack ten years of memories and thirteen rooms of material was mind-boggling. But, we recognized that there was no other way. If we were going to move from one house to another, we had to pack.