It’s that time of year again.
You know, the time of year when pumpkin-spiced everything is being hashtagged everywhere.
The cozy sweaters are being pulled out, and the tank-tops and shorts are being tucked away.
Those secret recipes for chili, cornbread, and creamy home-made soups are being shared amongst our friends.
The leaves have started to change color, and the dramatic drop in temperature has begun.
Yes, it is the time of year where we can rejoice in knowing that our previous season has come to a completion.
To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;
A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
And a time to throw away;
A time to tear,
And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak;
A time to love,
And a time to hate;
A time of war,
And a time of peace.
The victories and the trials in our previous season are now over. What awaits us in this new season, for the most part, remains unknown. We don’t know what lies ahead, including some new challenges or victorious moments.
Although the seasons change, we are told in Phillipians 3 to “forget what was behind” and reach for what is ahead. It can be extremely hard to just forget everything that has happened in our past, but it is a key component to pressing on or moving forward in our journey with the Lord.
Memories are special, but if we are always dwelling on our past, wishing we were still in that season of our lives, we will remain stuck. We won’t be able to embrace all that God has for us, nor will we be able to glorify Him if we’re constantly hitting the rewind button on our lives. God desires for us to live in the present with Him, not in the past or the future.
Pray that the Lord would help you to remain in the present with Him. Ask Him what He would have you do in this season of your life, with the resources that you have.
Right now, in this current season of my own life, I am studying to become a nurse. That means I have to set aside time to study, focus and prepare for it. As much as I would love to do other things, there is a task in which I have been called to do before I can move onto the next chapter (or season) of my life.
What season are you currently in and are you rejoicing in it? If not, ask yourself what is preventing you from living in the present moment with our Heavenly Father, and pray that He would help you to realize He has you here in this season for a purpose. We may not understand it, but we have to trust that God is “working all things together for good to those who love God and are called to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).