Here I go, on my way out the door this morning, ready to face my day! Come what may and with Jesus all the way! Suddenly, that first brisk breeze of the season told me, “Don’t forget your sweater!” I have lived in Chicago my whole life and it always catches me off guard!
Seasons change. It is divinely ordained by our Sovereign God. We know that. All of Creation knows that. All of Creation submits to the change. Trees say goodbye to the leaves. Animals prepare to hibernate or migrate to warmer weather. We do too, we submissively respond to the signs all around us. We put away our chanclas, shorts and summer gear. We buy new scarves (as if we don’t already own a gazillion) because a new season inevitably means a new look, if not a new accessory. Maybe you don’t embrace the season and start to mourn the loss of summer with regret. Whatever you do, when there is change around you, the discomfort causes you to consider changing, too. So it is in the spirit. A new season is all around your spiritual life, are you responding to new season?
Our behavior must change as we respond to the signs of a change in season.
I’m in a new season of my life.
My husband and I started our own educational consulting business. We are nerds both at heart and in practice, so this is an exciting endeavor!
My kids just started pre-k. I will spare you the emotional roller coaster details, but the highs are really high and the slumps are extra slumpy.
We sold our casita. Our first home in the comfort zone of my home community of Humboldt Park. Uff! The fear of leaving comfort is real, y’all!
And, by the grace of God, we bought a new home in a new community.
If these are not signs of a new season, I don’t know what is! I noticed, however, that some of my behaviors did not flow with the changes. Stressed with so many insignificant details, I wanted to feel joy with the welcoming of this new season, but my attitude was just, well... meh. Something didn’t feel right; like chanclas in the winter. My attitude was not shifting with the season.
When your season changes, how do you respond?
Do you submit to the changes, to the plans God is revealing? Or do you keep the attitude you had in your last season?
The Bible says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
If there is a season for every activity under the sun, that means that my activity must change when the season changes. I must also change with the season. To remain the same is to not experience the fullness of the season that is all around me.
In this season, God was teaching me about the heart of King David. I wanna share what I learned with you, because it may not seem like there is a connection to seasons changing, but God showed me this:
King David was in a new season, too. He brought the ark of the covenant back to Jerusalem and he wanted to keep building, but God sent word through the Prophet Nathan and basically told him, the season of building is not now. Instead God told King David, “I will give you rest from all your enemies...I will establish a house for you” (2 Samuel 7:11). In other words, King David thought that after years of endless hiding and battles, he was supposed to be building, but God said, nope! It’s time for you to rest.
And you wanna know how David responded to the change in his season???
David says, “Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And as if this were not enough in your sight, Sovereign Lord, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant—and this decree, Sovereign Lord, is for a mere human!” (2 Samuel 7:18-19).
Did you see that?
King David was grateful. He walked into his new season with a humble, grateful heart and with a praise on his lips. This season was not what he had in mind, it was better! And King David had the presence of mind and heart to respond with gratefulness.
God was guiding us into a new season and I was more consumed by the fear of the unknown. Then God just reminded me of how much better his plans are. Today I can testify that immediately my mourning turned to dancing, my heavy heart was lifted by gratefulness, and I could face the new season with a praise on my lips, because the God of the Universe has the future of my household in mind.
I pray that when your season changes (because it will), you can respond with gratefulness. I pray you recognize the signs around you and prepare to change with the season so that you can experience the fullness of what God has in store for you. In Jesus name, Amen.
Judy is a mother of a vibrant little girl and a rambunctious little boy, a wife to a pastor and a woman looking to help women feel like they belong. She is a nerd at heart, loves reading and writing almost as much as she loves cafe, but not nearly as much as she loves Jesus.