Happy first day of official day of summer, Kamp family! Today, let’s dive a little deeper into the idea of “seasons.”
Are you involved with sports or extracurriculars during the school year? During any given sports or activity season, practices and games take up a large part of the week. Throw in homework, church and a weekend job—there’s hardly any down time! Life often gets busy during the winter holidays, too, with trips to visit family or gift-buying for loved ones. When summer finally rolls around, the pace changes, and there’s more time to relax while counting down the days to Kamp!
During each season of life, our days look different. Throughout the school year, we may see our families less often than when we’re home for the summer. We may have a different quiet time routine or schedule to hangout friends. Through it all, we form new daily patterns based on how life is happening around us.
Whether we’re experiencing a big life change or just transitioning from one season to the next, change is difficult. These times of uncertainty can leave us waiting and wondering about what’s to come. A time of transition can even fill us with a desire to go back to “normal”—back to the routine that we’d become accustomed to
Our relationship with God can also look a bit differently in every new season. As times of change come our way, the Bible gives us promises to look to while we’re waiting.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…”
There are times when talking to God feels easy. During Kamp season, worship comes more freely. We watch our friends, counselors and directors abiding in their relationship with Christ, and we are constantly inspired to do the same. It is the regular pattern of our day to read our Bible and pray.
But, there are also seasons when the struggles and obstacles of life set in and make it hard to talk about God, or even to Him. These seasons of waiting for brighter days can feel impossibly difficult.
That is normal. That is OK.
We aren’t promised that we won’t experience change.
We aren’t promised that following Jesus is always easy.
We are promised:
“For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
Maybe the waiting season is being the new kid at a school, a disagreement with a friend, uncertainty about college plans or the feeling of loneliness during summer. We may not know what our current season has in store or when we will feel like things are “normal” again.
Even during these times, we can’t rely on the comfort of our old patterns. Instead, ask God about the new patterns in this season. Try asking: “What new normal do you want for me?” or “How can I grow from this season of change?”
As we ask questions that display our trust in God, we can rest knowing that He will do infinitely more in our lives, no matter what the season. Through it all, we do know that we can fix our eyes on Jesus and that he can usher in ultimate peace in the waiting. We can count on this, because whatever season we are in, He’s there with us and has also gone before us. We can take comfort knowing that as the seasons change, He stays the same. That while we wait, He’s present with us — now and forever.