To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heavens. Ecc 3:1
May and June are often times seen as seasons for celebrations. We have grads and dads, moms and weddings. So many starts of new hopes, dreams, aspirations and expectations. Simply take a scroll through any of your social media of choice and you are sure to see the smiling faces of graduates, brides and families. There are congratulations to new and seasoned parents. We see the happy rejoicing side of these seasons, transitions and happiness. I love a celebration as much as the next guy. We should rejoice accomplishments and give thanks for what God is doing in the lives of loved ones and yes, even our selves. But there is a side of this new chapter that we may be entering that is not as talked about, but just as and maybe even more important to pray and look for guidance.
When we close one chapter, a new one awaits us. So may expectations, yet so much unknown and fear that often is not spoken. Have I made the right choices and decisions? Did I prepare enough? Will I be successful? Can I handle my new role? Can I live up to my family’s expectations? For myself, graduating college, while one of the happiest times, was the first time I realized I was “grown up” and was supposed to embark on the road of adulthood. It was scary! Then there was that expectation of becoming a mother. Again, so joyous a time, and yet I began to doubt if I was ready for it. When my son was graduating high school, I feared the “semi-empty-nest”. Again, bitter sweet times.
This scripture (Ecc 3:1) reminds us of the seasons of our lives, that not all might not be seen as good. So powerful is this message, even secular songs have incorporated this verse into lyrics. The comfort for us as believers’ lies, then in (Romans 8:28) knowing that…”all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Furthermore, (Jeremiah 29:11)” for I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
So pray for those in your life that are going through changes and entering new seasons. Pray especially for those unspoken fears that the Lord continue to guide them and lead them that they may continue to seek Him, find comfort in Him and know that to everything, there is a season.