Our lives are filled with different seasons. It is important to know the season we’re in. I’ve had to learn to be patient in one season, embracing the ‘now’ and be at peace with the laying down of things that are yet to come. If we let God work patience and long-suffering in us, the fruit of it is sweet when the next season comes.
I love to know what the Lord says about my season, as it helps direct and guide me to discern which doors and opportunities are of His hand, and which are of the flesh. Just because we are faced with an open door, doesn’t mean it is from the Spirit. An open door of the Spirit will lead to life and blessing for us and our loved ones, but an open door of the flesh will lead to bondage and will steal something from us… our time, our peace, our course. We don’t want to give birth to Ishmaels, but we need patience, faith and endurance to carry the seed of Isaac until his birth.
We so often get caught up with the fleshly realm, being distracted by what we see rather than what He says. God wants to make us effective in our current season, being Spirit-led children who hear His voice and know His heart. That is our happiest place in this world. Walking in the centre of His Will… that’s the sweet spot where blessing and joy abounds, and contentment abides… regardless of our circumstance.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.