Ecclesiastes 3:1says “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven.”
As we draw to the end of the first quarter of the year and having just celebrated the biggest event in the Christian calendar, it seems now is a good time to pause and reflect on the year thus far.
Solomon’s words in the above passage are a great reminder that life happens over seasons or appointed times. An important part of understanding God’s will, is figuring out what season or appointed time we are in and responding to it accordingly. Too often we can run ahead, trying to do a million and one things that may be good, but not right for the season of life we find ourselves in. This way of living can leave us frustrated, tired and even at times burnt out if we don’t recognise it early and adapt swiftly.
In Ephesians, Paul explains how we are God’s workmanship, which by definition means that we are a constant work in progress. God is at work in every season crafting and shaping us into the men and woman He ultimately wants us to become, so that He can continue to use us to do greater things in His name.
Recently, I have experienced this firsthand in the Men’s Ministry. By now I had hoped to be a lot further down the track in growing the ministry, but instead I have found myself in a season of preparation and laying the foundations on which the ministry can continue to be built. Improved patience and a greater trust in God’s timing have also been part of the fruit in recognising and responding to this season.
What season of life do you find yourself in? A season of growing or waiting or embracing or grieving or searching?
What do you think God may be teaching you in this season? What part of your character is God refining in you?
Whichever season we may find ourselves in, “let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” (Hebrews 10:24)