Seasons of life come and go. My husband and I are in a new season of life. We are grandparents. Our granddaughter is 5 months old and we take care of her at least one day a week. She usually spends one night a week with us as well. This gives her mom and dad a break and a full night of sleep. We get to delight in her adorable presence! We love this new season!
Thinking about different seasons of life:
I was reminded of my mother’s broken leg a few years ago. She had a steel rod placed inside her leg to put it together again. This was such a severe problem that she was out of commission for nearly 2 years. My mother had always been my greatest helper. She picked up my daughters from school. She studied with them. She ran errands for me. If I needed her she was there. So when my mother was put out of commission, normal life for me came to a screeching halt. For a season, instead of Mama helping me, I was helping her. Seasons of life have changed again. Now I am helping my daughter with her baby.
Seasons of Life have twists and turns, ups and downs, and good times and bad. Just a few days ago I read in Genesis 8 about this very thing. “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” (Genesis 8:22) In this life there is a continuous cycle of change. Solomon recorded: To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1) The next seven verses (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) focus on the opposites and extremes of life.
Since seasons of life continuously change:
What can we do? How can we be settled, if nothing in life ever is? We can trust the One who is constant and unchanging. The Lord does not change.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Who knew the change in seasons of life better than Job. Job not only knew change, he knew the devastation that some seasons of life bring. Job had everything. He had a full, happy, and healthy family. Job was a wealthy man living his best life. That season ended and another season took its place; a season of devastation and tragedy.
When seasons of life turned sour for Job, he clung to his steady unchanging God. Job stated, “But He is unique, and who can make Him change? And whatever His soul desires that He does.” (Job 23:13) In Malachi 3:6 God said, “For I am the Lord, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. Job understood the stability of trusting in his unchanging God.
So I ask how can we have peace, when life turns upside down? We trust our God who is eternally good.
Oh give thanks to the Lord for He is good.
For His mercy endures forever!
One last question about our different seasons of life…
How can we know that God’s goodness is for us when we can’t find the good in our current circumstances?
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God,
and are called according to His purpose.
What season of life are you in right now? Is everything rocking along just fine and you wouldn’t change a thing? Then praise God and rejoice for that season. If your life has been turned upside down and you are wondering how you will make through the rest of the day, then praise God and pray.
Lord, thank you that no matter what is happening in my life You are ultimately in control. I praise You for Your goodness and mercy, Your strength and grace, and that You love me and are always at work for my good. Help me to honor You in all seasons of life, in Jesus name. Amen.