Wow, what a summer it has been! Every year I tell my husband, this summer I am going to take it easy and relax and do lots of fun things, and every year something happens and my summer becomes jam packed. This summer was no different. Last school year was a very challenging year for me because I undertook the huge task of creating a history curriculum for my class. The school year hadn’t even finished when I began planning a big anniversary trip for us. I finished teaching five days before we left for two and a half weeks. Then we were back for one week before a close friend got married. Three weeks later was an unexpected trip to Florida for some training, and then four weeks later, my youngest sister got married. It was a great summer but I was so glad to see September coming.
We read in Ecclesiastes 3:1 which says, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:” I’m so glad God is the one who assigned the seasons their time limit and causes one to constantly follow the other.
When I look back on my relatively short life, I see other seasons so clearly: The years I spent at home with my family; the season of courting, engagement, and marriage; even this last year spent working almost constantly.
But two things that all of these seasons had in common was this: they were for a limited time. One, they didn’t last forever, and two, God was there through every one of them, leading me even when I couldn’t feel His presence.
Somehow remembering that winter follows fall, which follows summer, which follows spring, which follows winter is often so much easier than remembering God’s rich and wonderful promises which can sustain me when I am going through these other kinds of seasons.
His promise to keep me safe when I feel overwhelmed. “from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.” (Psalms 61:2-3)
His promise to hear my prayers for help. “The waters closed over my head, and I thought I was about to perish. I called on your name, Lord, from the depths of the pit. You heard my plea: ‘Do not close your ears to my cry for relief.’ You came near when I called you, and you said, ‘Do not fear.’” (Lamentations 3:54-57)
His promise that He will send comfort. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies andGod of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
Beacon Bible Chapel