by Kelly Godzwa
Is it a new season? Have you pulled out the clearly marked totes, tasted a spiced-up cappuccino at the local coffee shop, perused a clearance rack or two due to the new inventory coming into the stores?
Is it a new season? Have you welcomed a baby into your home, or said goodbye to one as she left for college? Have you recently separated from a spouse, or perhaps just tied the knot? Has someone dear to you left this world?
Is it a new season? Have you just changed jobs, on purpose or unexpectedly? Maybe you're currently "exploring your options." Have you been recently diagnosed with a chronic disease or heard the news of cancer in your own body or that of a loved one? Did you just "ring the bell"?
Is it a new season?
Seasons change. Sometimes it's exciting, fresh, new. Then again, it may feel like Narnia under the rule of the White Witch—always Winter and never Christmas.
You are probably familiar with the song by The Byrds with the line "to everything there is a season." Those lyrics and several that follow are found in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. God has set in motion this concept of seasons from the beginning of time (Genesis 1:14). Knowing that truth gives me hope in the difficult seasons and challenges me to grow as I enjoy the exciting ones, understanding that one season gives way to the next. So, relish the exhilarating flavors of that pumpkin spice chai latte, pour your heart out to God during that long winter night, let hope arise in your heart as the first crocus appears or when you see the robin, and take in that vitamin D from the rays of the sun until it gets too hot and you need a refreshing dip in the lake! Whatever the season, let God be your Evergreen—never changing, always faithful—through it all.
Kelly and her husband, Dave, have been Southern Missouri District missionaries since 2006, currently serving in the role of Mexico Area Directors. She also has been active online in the Refresh Connect groups and leadership team, recently receiving her ordination with the district. They have 3 adult children and a mini schnauzer.
1/2/2021 06:45:45 pm
Thank you, Kelly, for such an encouraging piece! I've learned to appreciate each & every season I encounter, knowing He is faithful & will bring me through whatever challenges I face.
1/2/2021 07:17:01 pm
Thanks, Denise! May we continue to encourage one another - we are not alone. God walks with us and others have gone before us as well as walk beside us.
1/2/2021 09:39:25 pm
Kelly, Such a sweet reminder to embrace and enjoy each season. Thank you for the beautiful perspective!
1/3/2021 09:17:44 am
Thank you, Vicki, for the opportunity to share it!
1/5/2021 11:41:12 pm
Thanks so very much for the reminder and encouragement. God is so so faithful and constant wants to teach us something new. Let us be steadfast and embracing what he has for us. Hope you're well. Congratulations on your ordination!
1/6/2021 08:54:25 am
Thank you, Candi! Yes, let us all be teachable! So good.
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