For everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.
— Ecclesiastes 3:1

What is it about a simple change in weather that can bring out the best in people? It's almost like each new season is a new beginning of sorts. It's very representation of newness stirs up changes in our souls.

The Bible also references new changes and beginnings in our lives as being seasons. Seasons are symbols for God's perfect timing in delivering us through all the changes He makes in our lives. These certain seasons can bring about the blessings we reap from having been obedient in following him through those changes even if we did not fully understand or welcome them.

"And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up."  Galatians 6:9

This scripture tells us to never give up.

No matter how long, strenuous and painstaking the road or trials are in our lives, there is always a new season ahead, a season of new beginnings. Every day we can make the decision to begin again. We can adopt a positive mindset to overcome, conquer, and live triumphantly. All beginnings must eventually come to an end so a new beginning, a new season, can commence. We can look ahead to a new season of thinking, speaking, acting and living more positively.

All glory comes then from daring to begin, daring to change, ushering in each new season, and forever trusting God with each unpredictable new step. We can never fully know what God's intentions are for us, but we can always do our absolute best with where He has placed us right now. Only then, when we have learned all there is to learn and are truly grateful in this place, this season, will God move us to a new, more bountiful, and blessed season. 

I recently returned from a trip to the Siberian region and was amazed to already see a change of colors in the leaves. Summer is coming to a close and a new season is upon us. Summertime is very short in the Russian Far East, and after an even shorter autumn, the winter season is long and harsh winter. Many people keep their car engines running during the night so that they don’t have to worry about starting them the next morning. 

Likewise, we go through many seasons in life.

Sometimes we go through seasons of calm and peace; other times we face seasons of uncertainty and hardship. 

The Book of Mark describes one such occasion when Peter stepped out of the boat to go meet Jesus on the water. I'm sure Peter felt like he was transitioning from serenity to uncertainty. As a fisherman, he was used to storms and knew that the boat was a place of safety for him. It was familiar and required relatively little faith to stay in the boat. But the minute he stepped over the side of the boat and placed his foot on the top of that first wave, he was in foreign territory and became apprehensive.

Walking on water isn't something you do halfway. In the same way, you either commit totally to the Lord, or you don't. However unnerving it may be to find yourself standing in the most unlikely, unpredictable circumstances as Peter did, it's really a place of security. When you put your trust in the Lord and commit to follow Him wherever He leads, you've actually stepped out of the boat and onto the solid rock. God will never allow you to utterly fall when you are living by faith.

My prayer for you is that you faithfully step into the next phase of your life – a new season. 

"May the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus."  Philippians 4:7

 

Dr. Neil Anderson

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