Updated: Feb 28, 2020
Seasons in our lives vary from the heat of summer where the connection to family is heightened and bolstering through the fall where there’s a pruning as the temperature and color of relationships change from vibrant to dull. Then there’s that winter season, the loneliness and gloom of cold nights and dreary looking days. Finally, there’s spring time where the newness of relationships, the joy of love in bloom, and the sweet aroma of a new beginning fills the air. As we transition from one season to the other physically and with our relationships, we also transition spiritually.
There are times when all is peaceful and we coast on faithful waters as if we are walking across the sea holding hands with Jesus. Then there are the cold moments when it seems that we are parched, icicles have formed and we are in need of refreshing and encouragement. And yet there are also times when all around us is chaotic and we lose sight of the Savior and sink into the quick sand. Our mountain top experiences have us singing ‘Hallelujah’, ‘Praise the Lord’, ‘Glory to God’ while we jump and shout. Our moments of health issues, financial woes, relationship disasters, losses and just emptiness can send us in a tail spin of lack luster vigor. What do we do when we aren’t on top of the world? What attitude adjustment is needed when the superwoman cape we always wear is in the cleaners? What should our stance be as we mature in Christ? Where do we get direction as we travel this journey? And how can our example be a source of encouragement for others?
1 Thessalonians 5:14-22 offers:
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.
Right smack dab in the middle are two little words with great results… REJOICE EVERMORE. Rejoicing changes our focus. We look to God who is faithful and able to meet us at our point of need. He is aware of all that we are going through and what lies ahead. He controls the angry seas and the winds and the waves that trouble us. We have access to Him 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Because of relationship we have favor and He considers us always. God promises to never leave us nor abandon us nor relax His hold on us. We are in the palm of His hand and He is our protector. He knows. He cares. He’s always there. Rejoicing changes our attitude. We are promised a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. He also turns our mourning into dancing as we give Him praise. Looking through the Psalms whenever there was a cry of depression, calamity or hopelessness the turn was always with a ‘hope thou in God
’. We are to be prisoners of hope always expecting that He that has promised is able and He is faithful to keep His promises. Rejoicing then results in an elevation of altitude. We go from the valley and night season to the heights of mountains watching the sunrise and praising God for a new day filled with more grace and mercy.
So as the seasons in your life ebb and flow, remember
GOD IS IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR SEASON, REJOICE!