“It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.” – Acts 1:7
I am a planner, which means I like knowing the next ten steps and all of the various scenarios and what I need to do to get there. I can relate so much to the disciples here because they’re asking Jesus if now is the time for the Kingdom of Israel to be restored and Jesus gives a non-answer.
In my life I have found that when I really begin planning every single detail it’s because I’m struggling somewhere. It’s in some cases a control issue where I am worried over some unseen thing occurring and it’s those times where I swear God is laughing at my plans. He laughs because He knows that what I think is completely different than what’s coming.
I’m in a challenging season of my life and I’m looking forward to the next chapter that is rapidly approaching. I have some things laid out but the majority of it is open. I don’t know what kind of season is coming next or how long that season will be but God knows.
I remember how much I hated the beginning of this season in my life. It was the end of some freedoms and rest. It meant coming back home when I wanted to be abroad. It meant a lot of transitions and financial struggles. A lot of prayer and tears and the loss of some toxic relationships. It meant hospital visits and more medical jargon than I ever wanted to know.
Now, I see how this season forced me to grow. I learned what it meant to be a part of a large church community and to have the privilege of teaching our children in Sunday School. I have met some of the most amazing people who reached out and supported me from day one. I learned more about God’s character and grace and his faithfulness as He provided for me day after day. I became involved in sisterhood and remembered that sometimes change is a good thing.
I don’t know what my next season holds. I have an idea of where I will be and what I will be doing but I don’t know the people He will bring into my life or those He will take away. I don’t know what tasks He has specifically designed for me or what challenges I’ll encounter a long the way. It isn’t for me to know because part of my faith grows from trusting that He will give me the season I need at the time I need it. Note that I said “need” not “want”. He won’t give me the season I want but the one that will grow my faith and stretch me and advance His kingdom. At the end of the day, it isn’t about me; it’s about Him and serving the advancement of His kingdom.
I encourage you to look at the season you’re in and thank God for it. Ask Him to show you what you need to learn and thank Him for how He’s provided. It’s also okay to unload if it’s a difficult season. He doesn’t expect us to be perfect; He asks us to be honest.
I pray that God is doing something wonderful in this season of your life and I know that He is preparing you for the season that is coming. Please comment below if you have any suggestions or questions about handling unknown seasons in your life. We love hearing from y’all. ❤