For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. God has made everything beautiful for its own time.

Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11

DEVOTION – AUGUST 11, 2019

The arrival of August always brings me these mixed emotions of excitement and sadness. Of all of the seasons, fall evokes the most emotion for me in this season in my life. Right now, fall means my girls go back to college, my son is getting married, and our nest will soon be empty again!

Just like seasons are a necessary and important part of the way God designed the earth, God designed our lives to have seasons that are equally as necessary and important. Sometimes, life feels like a sunny, seventy-five degree day with no humidity, but many other times, life can feel like an Oklahoma ice storm. I don’t like those Oklahoma ice storms! Because I know God is God and he is good, I trust that he knows how best to take care of the world he created. So, if I trust him with that, shouldn’t I trust he knows better than I do what I need most right now?

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to understand seasons are just a part of life. Some bring smiles and celebration; some bring pain and discomfort. Psalm 63:8 reminds us what we should do in the difficult seasons: “My soul clings to you, your right hand upholds me.” If only we could learn to find joy and trust God in every season.

All too often, we wish these seasons of our lives away. When we’re single, we wish to be married. When we’re married, we want children. When our children are little, we want them to grow up. When they’re grown and gone, we wish they would come back. If we’re not careful, we give power to things that are temporary instead of trusting the one who is forever.

Friends, nothing that happens in our lives takes God by surprise. We can’t see God’s work from beginning to end, but we know that he can be trusted. Genesis 8:22 says, “As long as the earth remains, there will be springtime and harvest, winter and summer, day and night.” Our seasons are always changing–sometimes we’re being watered and nurtured, sometimes we’re in the harvest, and sometimes we’re being pruned.

Regardless of where you are today, know that God is with you, he is at work, and he is good. Don’t let what you believe change because of the season you’re in. God is at work in every season, preparing you for things you can’t yet see, and conforming you to the image of Christ. Whatever season you’re in, trust him, spend time with him, and cling to him, and he will strengthen and sustain you!

PRAYER

God,
Thank you for the seasons you so carefully created long ago. Help us to praise you, trust you, and cling to you through every season of life, knowing and believing you are good and you alone are God.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Kim Gilliam

Crossings Edmond Kids Ministry Pastor
kgilliam@crossings.church

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