THE ULTIMATE GOAL
LIFE 'IN' JESUS CHRIST
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16 (NKJV)
Seasons of Life In Jesus Christ.
IN WINTER, A TIME OF 'PAUSING', 'REFLECTING', 'HEALING', 'WAITING', 'RESTING', 'HOPING', 'UNDERSTANDING', FOR THE 'SPRING' SHALL SURELY COME - AGAIN.
Welcome back, my Beloved Friends.
Finally there is Winter…
In the 'natural, 'winter' is a time when the earth seems to take a break and rest. We should welcome it, as well. Although these times may appear 'dreary' and 'confine us', even these times are needed for the 'new growth' coming in Spring again!
God knew not only that the earth needs intervals of rest, but we, as His children, also need times of rest. He even set the example in the beginning.
'Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it He rested from all the work of creating that He had done.' [Genesis 2:1-3] NIV
Then, there is the 'spiritual winter' 'season of life'. Often, at this time, 'this spiritual winter' may seem, 'foreboding', 'dreary', 'hopeless', 'confusing'. But, upon closer observation, a 'spiritual winter' can be one of the most important 'seasons' in a person's life. Like any of the 'spiritual seasons', it is all about - 'our response' to it, ever realizing the Sovereign God is in complete control. This was certainly true for me. After 'ten years' of 'FALL' [1989-January 5, 2000], I lie not, 'I NEEDED TO REST'! After the 'ten years, 1989 - 2000, I was physically, mentally, emotionally, psychologically', 'spiritually' 'drained'. I was drawn to the Holy Scriptures relevant to both, 'Job', and 'Elijah', and gained the much needed -'insight and understanding'.
[See the Book of Job; the Scripture relevant to 'Elijah'; 1 Kings 17-2 Kings 2].
For, you see, at this time, I was like both, JOB AND ELIJAH, and others the LORD had so graciously used in the past to accomplish HIS WORK. And, like 'Job', I did not understand what was going on at the time, only afterwards, in the 'stillness of winter', 'drawn close to Him'.
Oh, I was no 'fool'. I KNEW THAT I NEEDED - TOTAL REST AND RESTORATION. And, I knew that such would not, could not happen, other than to come into the 'shelter of the wings of the Lord'. [Deuteronomy 33:12; Joel 3:16]; in 'silence and solitude'. in 'total intimacy' with Abba, Father. Divinely orchestrated, it was also the 'year' of my "jubilee', and 'I returned' to my 'birth family'. [Leviticus 25] Oh, My Heavenly Father was totally at 'work' and in control. Nothing had happened, that He had not allowed. He is SOVEREIGN. [Romans 8] But, I am 'human'. And all was 'bearing my cross'. [Matthew 10:38; 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23; 14:27]
My 'winter' was more discernible from January 2000- February, 2004. After the death of my husband of 30 years; knowing that 'he was with the Lord', and was 'out of his misery of health failures' caused by 'dioxin poisoning' that the United States Government denied; with the children grown and gone on to live their lives; I began to 'embrace' the 'new season' of being a 'biblical widow'. Just as my Mother had been after my dad had died when I was 6 months old, I would 'cleave unto the LORD', for the remainder of my life. [Joshua 22:5; Psalm 119:31; Titus 2]. For, at this time, I was more confirmed than ever that 'the Lord would be my Husband, and the father of my fatherless children', as it is written, in Isaiah 54:1-17. following.
Isaiah Chapter 54:1-17 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
1 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.
2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;
3 For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.
5 For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.
6 For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.
7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.
8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.
9 For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.
10 For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.
11 O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.
12 And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.
13 And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
14 In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.
15 Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.
16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.
17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.' [KJV]
The Good Lord was about to put me on 'a new road', for His Glory! audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Therefore, we are to 'rejoice' in everything. [Philippians 4:4-9]. Not that things are good or bad, but, because we know that God is in control, we can trust Him to do what is always right, just and best; always in His time. When we find ourselves complaining about the seasons or daily weather, let it remind us to look for the blessings of it and be thankful. Let it remind us that God is at work in every season, especially in the seasons of our lives!
Ecclesiastes 3:1“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:" NIV
Ezekiel 34:26“I will bless them and the places surrounding my hill. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing.” NIV.
Don't miss your 'blessings'! Joyfully embrace all the seasons of life! Amen. Amen.
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