I hate to admit it but if you’re not in a season of change now, at some point you will be. It’s life. And in the Christian life an often-quintessential question seems to arise and catch us amongst our Christian friends and in our churches. With questions like ‘What season are you in ?’ or ‘What is God teaching you in this season?’ We become use to the word and we know that inevitable change will come at some point in our Christian lives. Whether that is an expected tragedy, a loss of a job, a family member; maybe even the loss of a marriage or a hope or a dream, our lives change. Maybe you are called to move and leave everything behind; to take up your cross and follow Him. Maybe you are starting a new job, getting married, or becoming a mother or father for the first time. Whatever it is, seasons of change come. Holding joy, they may also hold loss, loneliness and at times require such a faith that we may not think we can muster to find it in our own strength.
Seasons teach us and allow us to depend on God, and not ourselves. Seasons are unpredictable. We live in a temporal world, and the unexpected can happen to any of us at any given moment. This is why rooting our faith in the eternal is far more important than planting it in the hard soil of the world. Personally, I am in the biggest season of change in my own life. After living abroad for eight years, in both England and Sweden, I am moving home to my roots in Southern California. If you know my testimony, I was married quickly, was divorced and lost three babies to miscarriage. I came eight years ago with only two suitcases in my hands, my life not surrender to the cross. I lived most of it as a saved but cultural Christian. Now returning and grasping surrender, grace and repentance; I return with those same two suitcases in my hands, entering a new and uneasy season; a season that I know will be filled with tears, joy and difficulties. A season of change, a season of culture shock, of ‘Oh they do that in America now ?’, ‘A Brita filter what is that?’. It is a season of starting my life over now as a thirty-five year old single woman, wondering if I will in fact be a mother and a wife, as my heart so desires. It is a season of changing careers, transitioning from being a teacher to studying a masters in ministry and leadership, a season to pursue my dreams of being an author and a speaker. It’s a season where I can’t see the road ahead, but I know who does.
See I am not the same person I was eight years ago, life, Jesus and the Holy Spirit changed my life. Culture changed me. I am neither American, British or Swedish. I am God’s child, I am Alicia, a weird mix of three different cultures. But first and foremost, I am God’s daughter, created with love and intention for my heavenly Father as were you.
We can remember that, when we go through a season of change because we can go through it assuredly, that though our seasons change our Heavenly Father does not. The fact that He loves you just as you are, does not change, the fact that He created you with love, intention and purpose does not change, and the fact that He is with you, holding you and loving you through every trial and joy and through every season that you will ever face in this life DOES NOT CHANGE.
In Jeremiah we are reminded to plant ourselves through the seasons of life in the eternal and not in the temporal.
‘Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green and they never stop producing fruit’
Though our lives might be in a season of change now or in the near future, we can embrace our confidence in the unchangeable and secure word of the Lord, we can place our hope in Him, planting our roots in an eternal faith and confidence through the cross. When our seasons change He does not and His love for us does not. And no matter what happens, no matter what we have done or what someone else has done to us, God’s love for us never changes even when our seasons do.
Remember what ever season you are in, God made you who you are, God loves you for who you are, and God will always meet you where you are. That my dear friends, is what being planted in the eternal is all about.