By: Donna Rudolph
I am so grateful that Fall is coming! I don’t know if I’m the only one, but this 90-degree heat has just about gotten the best of me! I love the crisp air and wonderful colors and especially the smells! It’s my very favorite time of the year. I get more energy and a clearer head when the weather starts to turn colder. It brings a certain amount of clarity for me. The hot humid weather bogs me down and makes me sluggish. But the truth is, I really like the changing seasons. We would probably get especially bored if things stayed the same all the time.
I’m from up North (Ohio) and I love the colder weather. I know it seems odd to a lot of people in the South and especially in this area. It never got hot when I was growing up, so it was a new experience for me for the temperature to get above 75 to 80. It seemed like when we were about ready to break out our shorts for the summer, it was already over and starting to turn cold again.
The changing seasons brings to my mind, what God says in the Bible. In Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 it says:
“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.”
But you know, it doesn’t stop there,
Daniel 2:21 says,
“He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.”
This brings to mind an even bigger thought, recalling the words from the book of Esther:
“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position forsuch a time as this?” Esther 4:14
As I begin to think about the Seasons changing, especially Fall, I start thinking of my own purpose and God’s will for my life. Things that happen in your life happen for a reason. You have a purpose in life and work to do for the Lord if you belong to Him.
So, in that sense, you have seasons in your life, and who knows but God, that opportunities and experiences were created just for you, now at this time, for such a time as this. Maybe you are the only one that can reach someone for Christ. Maybe someone is looking to you for an example or deciding whether to follow Christ by watching your life.
In the book of Esther, a shining example of grace, obedience, and submission, Esther had to do a very difficult task. She had to carefully plan a strategy to accomplish her objective. Haman was out to destroy the Jews and it was up to Esther to implore and petition the King to not listen to the plans of Haman. If you have never read this particular book in the Bible, I highly recommend you do. This story has a little of everything, but especially makes me think that we are not just here to occupy space; we are here to accomplish something-something that only we as individuals can do. Something that God has ordained, only YOU can accomplish in this time, in this particular place, and in this particular season. “For such a time as this.” Kinda gives you chills, doesn’t it? To think only you can do something or be effective for someone else, to further God’s Kingdom in obedience to God’s will and plan.
God will get things done if you refuse to obey. But You will lose out on the blessings and the rewards. The satisfaction and peace you get from being obedient to the Will of God is beyond anything you can experience. To be at peace with God, knowing you are in the right place at the right time, waiting for the right opportunity (God will make this perfectly clear to you) is beyond the best place to be. Did you know that you are indestructible until God calls you home? Satan may try to deter you, make you stumble, cause you to fear, even try to take your life, but until God says its time, and only He decides, you have nothing to fear. Only when you have accomplished the things He has set aside for you to do will He take you home.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
Make it a point in your journey to look for your opportunity, your time that God has set aside just for you. Who knows, being at the right place at the right time, for such a time as this, could be just around the corner! Is this your Season?