Up here in northern Canada, we have one season that seems to over-stay it’s welcome. Yup, it’s winter. The cold days, the long nights, they seem never-ending by December… yet we are only half way through, maybe.
Last year, the snow fell in what was supposed to be the beginning of fall. We were not prepared for that at all. We hadn’t even finished harvesting the garden, and experienced much loss as a result.
Some seasons in life can be similar. They come, and they do go, but some stay in between for what seems like an eternity. And, like a premature winter, some of life’s seasons are sudden and shocking. How then can we prepare for such seasons? Both the long, and the unexpected?
I think the answer lies in Psalm 1.
his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
When I was expecting my first child, folks would often ask me, “are you ready for this?”. I honestly didn’t know how to respond. I wanted to say, “I have no clue!” I had zero experience at being a mom, how could I know if I was ready or not? I was doing the best I could to prepare physically, emotionally, and spiritually. So in a sense, I was prepared.
Again, when we were preparing to move overseas to a country in the middle east, people asked the same kind of questions. I felt startled. How could I be prepared for this? In a sense, I didn’t even know what I was preparing for.
I pondered these things, and brought them before the Lord. I felt His assurance that it was all going to be okay. Not because I was prepared, and not because it was going to be a breeze, but because I was abiding in Him. He promises a full supply of the grace that is needed for tomorrow.
Then it hit me. I am prepared. I am prepared for whatever the new season He has for me. Psalm one says that when I delight in God’s law and meditate on His word, (essentially abide in him) that I have all the nourishment and supply needed to produce the right fruit in it’s season.
In addition to psalm one, Matt 6:33 reminds us that we need not worry about tomorrow. We, in essence, prepare for tomorrow as we seek God first.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Maybe you’re in the season of suffering. Are you producing the fruit of patience?
Perhaps you’re in a season of prosperity and great blessing. Are you exhibiting the fruit of godly joy?
There are many seasons in life, and none of them are placed there in vain. Rarely (if ever) do we know what to expect in a prospective season. Even so, we can be prepared for all-seasons with only one preparation, and that is to abide in Christ.
Are you prepared for the season God has prepared for you?
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