New season, new lessons, Same God.

26 09 2011

“There is a time for everything,  and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,  a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,  a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,  a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,  a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,  a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend,  a time to be silent and a time to speak,  a time to love and a time to hate,  a time for war and a time for peace.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)

As the seasons change here in San Diego, ( I know you’re thinking that we don’t have seasons here, but let me assure you I have noticed the abundance of pumpkin products in Target and Starbucks this week and have welcomed the 5 degree temperature drop.) I have begun a new season in my life as well. Back to school, back to school…

And as much late night studying and book buying and class time as it brings, it also brings a fresh new perspective on myself, on life, and on God’s faithfulness. I am so blessed by the opportunity He has given me to learn, and not just take in information, but to love it, and to respond to it, and to serve others with the knowledge I have acquired.

God has been showing me daily how faithful He is by showing up all over the place. In the coffee shop where I prepare for my life group this morning, at Bobby and Nicole’s wedding this weekend, as I meet new friends and as I grow deeper in relationships. I am reminded today that I am not on a search to find God everyday, but that God is already where I am, and where I was, and where I am going, and where I do not even know that I will be going later. God will never ask me to go somewhere that He isn’t already. He took me to Mexico when people said it wasn’t safe, he took me back to school when I thought I should get a job, and He will carry me when things get tough and let me soar when things are easy.

I am committing myself to writing again, not because I have to, but because I miss it. I miss creating. Words and phrases and metaphors and sentences let me breathe. I feel alive when I write, and alive is exactly what I want to be. God allows us to be fully alive when we are in community with him, serving Him, loving Him and receiving His unconditional love which is the only thing that can truly sustain us.

Thank you Jesus for this new season, and for the hard times, and for the good times, and for the new lessons in each step towards You.

In His love,

Stacey

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