Friday, August 6, 2010

A Season for Everything

Solomon said in Ecclesiastes that "there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven."  To be sure, we all go through seasons as individuals, and churches, too, go through seasons.  There are seasons of growth, seasons of pruning, seasons of consolidation, or reinvention.  Perhaps the two toughest seasons are those of transition and waiting.

The season of transition makes one feel insecure or lost.  The season of waiting makes one feel forgotten.  And yet, it is important to remember that all seasons are necessary for health.

Right now we at Northlake
 are right smack dab in the middle of that season called "wait."  It is hard, but should not be confused with the word "idleness."  No season is ever wasted, and every season is used by God.
"Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary."  (Isaiah 40;31).

God is Sovereign and as such, do not be confused...we are waiting on
Him.  Yet if we go through the process right, we'll find that this waiting will actually result in refreshment.  And what is the correct process?  There are many, many things I could say but I want to over-simplify it to two things today.

Pray.  Pray continuously.  Pray in the car, in the shower, on your jog or run or hike; pray while you stand or sit or kneel.  Pray alone, pray with friends, pray with strangers.  When you're forced to "wait on God" the best thing you can "do" is to pray.  Only God knows the season, only God knows the outcome and goal, and therefore the only activity worth our time is to talk with Him and Listen to Him.

Don't borrow trouble from tomorrow.  We all do this, all the time.  We are incessant worriers.  Some of us are so good at worrying that we probably worry we'll run out of things to worry about.  The trouble with worrying?  It is the opposite of trust.  And trust is exactly what God wants us to in Him.

While none of us know how much time is left in our season of waiting, we all know that immediately following this season comes another difficult season - transition and change.  Let us prepare for that season by becoming men and women of prayer and faith.


Solid Rock or Sinking Sand said...

I really enjoyed reading the posts on your blog. I would like to invite you to come on over to my blog and check it out. God's blessings. Lloyd

Michelle Holderman said...

I really enjoyed reading your post about the seasons we all go through. So true! Thanks for sharing!