Friday, 30 May 2014

Every Season

“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

For the last few days of our vacation, before the excitement that is ahead of us comes full tilt, Brandon and I have escaped down the 401 to his parents’ place in Ottawa. Their house backs onto a lake and acts as a little oasis for a long weekend away. A weekend away filled with preparation and sleep.

We are fortunate and blessed to be walking into the season that we have been in preparation of for many years. When Brandon and I first met, a story that should be told another time, we found ourselves drawn to ministry and serving in the church. We knew that we would one day pastor and for the past six years have been humbly following God’s (not so straight) path that has lead us to the position we are about to step into – next week!

In Ecclesiastes we are told that there is a time for everything. There are changes in seasons that will bring us to gardens that need sowing, structures that need to be torn down, and situations that need to be laughed over. The writer demonstrates the ebbs and flows in life that we all face in various capacities each day.

Sometimes I find myself desperately holding on so that the clock does not tick on and so that the time does not change for fear that the season I will find myself in will be too hard, too different, too long. There are times where I want to set the alarm, spring ahead, or fall back.

And yet, so often I find myself at the turn of the season, feeling a sense of familiar panic, when suddenly everything begins to fall into place. The rain begins to pass, the flowers bud and I know that everything will be okay.

I am consistently reminded that despite my unrelenting reliance on myself that always comes up short, God’s grace still covers me.

And not only does it cover me, it covers my family. Although Brandon and I fall short in so many ways, God’s grace and goodness pour out over every situation we face and every new season that moves in.


So, as we step into the place that God has called us, the season that we find ourselves in, we can be assured that the timing is no accident, the passion we have for the university students we will be pastoring is no accident, and the trials and triumphs ahead are no accident – they are perfectly timed and covered by grace.

Whatever season, time, or place you might find yourself in, know that (thankfully) God is in control. It may not make sense and it may seem unfair. It may bring forth doubts, frustrations, and anger. If you are in a season of difficulties, hold onto the times of harvest, laughter, and dancing. Don’t forget the time of love and peace. Remember the seasons where the sun has been out in your life.

His grace is sufficient and His power works best in our weakness (2 Cor. 12:9). 

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