November looks a little different for this blog. Mostly because the month has disappeared away from me and also because I have been on nightshift for the entirety of it. It’s not that I don’t have anything meaningful to say, only that I have been reflecting on this year, and what it’s looked like, and what it hasn’t, thinking, wow, there has been so much growth.
It wasn’t really that long ago I was sitting at the dinner table of good friends, crying because I felt stuck in the mud from where I really thought I’d be by the end of this year, and well, where I am. My faithful, forgiving friend (see March’s blog), ever so graciously pointed out how much internal, spiritual and self growth I have had this year. Strengthening the person. When we allow ourselves to be distracted from the Father, and compare ourselves to those around us, we are at risk of missing out on what the Lord is doing right now, in each of us.
When I stopped crying, and returned to the Father, I found just that. That in this present season, no matter how long, spring will always come. Spring, with all its promises, blessing, beauty where there was once barrenness and of course, so much new life. So while I too sit through a long winter, knowing in full confidence that He who promised is Faithful right to the end, and that even though blessing is still coming, He who is good still works in us today, I wanted to share scripture. Why bother writing what the Lord has said anyways? So much better than anything you could read from my own hand, right? So I’m sorry that it’s going to be a short one, but either way, I hope you are encouraged.
Encouraged to trust the father, to push through the winter, to wait for the harvest, and to remember, that always, always, always, morning will come.
– K xx
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.
What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-14