For every season, there's a reason
We all can agree we want good things to happen in our lives. The problem is that we want it now, not later. We easily get frustrated if things don’t go our way. We are tempted to question God “what’s taking so long?” Not to mention moments where we want to give up waiting on God to work things out for our good.
Learning to trust in God’s timing for all matters is essential. However, we live in a world where nearly everything is conditioned around time. There are deadlines to meet, due dates given as a reminder for us to pay our bills, submitting projects to our professor before midnight, taking your medication every 4-6 hours, eating at a buffet with a seating limit of 2 hours. As a result, we have become time-oriented, manifesting itself in our inability to be patient waiting on God's timing.
God’s timing is perfect, never early or too late. We may be ignorant of God’s timing, but we are called to enjoy life in our present season and trust in His sovereignty. Solomon wrote in the book of Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven.” This lets us know that we will all experience different seasons in our life.
I personally have gone through different seasons in my life -- good and bad ones alike. I have had seasons of rain where nothing but tears kept streaming down my cheeks; cold long nights where I couldn’t understand why I was facing such challenges and asked God “why do you seem so far?”; moments where my faith was so dry I really couldn’t get myself to carry on for another day. Then of course, the optimum season where all was great. With each one of these moments, I have understood and learned that God was always doing the very best for me in whatever season I was experiencing.
I encourage all of you: do not let your good or bad seasons defeat you. Be reminded “that in all things (good or bad) God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28. It is in these moments where God is preparing, shaping and building in You to be “a man or woman after his own heart”. Regardless of what season you may be in right now, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight”. Proverbs 3:5-6