On respecting the seasons

Fall leaves

Do you ever wish you could just skip a season?  For me, I would skip winter.  It's dark and cold and I have to fight to find purpose in a season I truly do not enjoy.  Seriously, I would not be sad if I did not see a real snowflake again.  I can watch a Christmas movie once a year with pretty snowflakes falling and be just fine.

While I do not enjoy winter, I am learning to appreciate it's purpose and beauty.  This appreciation does not come naturally to me.  I have to work very intentionally to find the good things.

I have found myself in seasons of life where I feel similarly - having to fight to find purpose in a season I do not enjoy and learning to respect the season.

Here are some examples from my own life...

  • The newborn sleep-deprived phase of having kids was not really my thing, but it was a necessary season to have these really cool little girls we have (now 3 and 6 yrs).

  • Learning to adjust our pace now that we have kids and realizing that there are things we just cannot do in this season.

  • Living in Michigan in a challenging climate in which I was chronically sick with sinus infections.

I am learning to respect the seasons.  Not in a despairing, mournful way, but with anticipation and expectation.  (I do not believe God ordains suffering, but he is certainly the redeemer and purpose-maker of it).  I am learning to greet the seasons with Holy Spirit-led vision and expectation.  Sometimes it's a season for big things and sometimes for small things.  A season for preparation and a season for reaping the benefits of years of faithfulness.

"Sometimes when you're in a dark place you think you've been buried, but actually you've been planted." // Christine Caine

So, in what season do you find yourself right now?

If I had to answer this question, I would say I am in a season of waiting/preparation. I feel like there are 10 different directions I could go, but I hear the Lord saying - " just keep walking."  He shows me glimpses of the "big thing" seasons, but right now I'm staying steady.

So if you relate to me in this season, here is a word for you from Zechariah...

The chief purpose of Zechariah was to encourage and motivate God's people to continue the work of rebuilding the temple after a period of exile.  In Zechariah 4:10 he says, "Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lordrejoices to see the work begin..."

"Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin..." // Zechariah 4:10

I respect the season of preparation.  I respect the season of having young children and the joys and limitations that accompany it.  And I'm praying I have the same respect for all seasons to come.