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by Cynthia Cullen on October 22, 2020

I love the change of seasons. As a creative, It brings for me a visual & physical expression of hope and that things are not going to stay the same. However, I know that certain seasons of our lives only come once. Having one teenager and one "pre-adult" living in my home is a constant reminder that seasons of life change very often and very quickly!

As Todd takes us through the Book of Ecclesiastes over the next few weeks, I have really been thinking about a particular passage in Ecclesiastes. I have always found comfort as well as hope every time that I read it:

1 - 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 (NIV)

To live FULLY in each moment but to also live HOPEFUL for change to the present moment is a tension we must all manage. COVID-19 quarantine brought sweet time back to me with my kids that I would never have enjoyed without that experience. Yet, the toll that this pandemic has taken on my kids (and most kids) is painful to watch. 

This pandemic has been a reckoning for me personally in so many ways. There has been growth in my faith life in surrendering to God fully and embracing this season of life.  Yeah, I have good days and bad days like everyone, but I have seen roots go deep in my faith and trust in God throughout this season. 

There is also the ugly - the exposure of areas that I have not been willing to face or "had the time" before to address. This pandemic has given time for those areas to be 'highlighted" in every way. From my marriage, to my ministry, to my house, to my kids, to my friendships  - it has been a time of reckoning of what is "really going on" in all those areas. Where is my trust? Where is my confidence? What are my priorities?

I am a work in progress and that process of sanctification (big word for the continual process of growing closer to God) is not fun sometimes but it is SO fulfilling! When you come closer to God and don't allow barriers to develop in your life with Him, that's when the real relationship here on earth gets really good.

So my encouragement to you today is to embrace the season you find yourself in right now. But know that it is JUST a season. As my Dad used to say "get all the meat off the bone" of what you need to learn, feel, experience, grow, and process today in this season that God has placed you in right now. The tension is real, but believe the truth that HE is for us and He ultimately wants what is best for us. He is a good Father and we can believe this and stand on the truth of who He is no matter the season.

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