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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Faith matters: Waiting on the seasons

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  • It’s just a season — a phrase I have grown to appreciate on so many levels.
    Here we are, naturally speaking, about to turn the page from summer to fall.
    Even though fall doesn’t officially begin until Sept. 22, it doesn’t mean there aren't signs fall has begun.
    You see it in the stores, you see it in the earlier sunsets and later sunrises, and soon you will see it in some of the tree leaves that change earlier than others, to their bursting colors of yellow, and soon red and orange.
    We know without fail the natural seasons of summer, fall, winter, and spring come and go on schedule.
    But, have you ever noticed some seasons last longer than others and other seasons seem to be very short, or it seems? In my opinion, winter is way too short, as I do love cold and snow, and summer is too long. But to some, summer is way too short and winter way too long. It's a matter of perspective.
    When we face events in life, and we will, it can seem like those events will never end.
    The phrase, “It’s just a season,” may be a phrase that you like or maybe you don’t. While it's a true statement, it doesn’t mean it will last forever. Just like the natural seasons come and go — meaning there is a beginning and an end — so too are the seasons we face in life. 
    Isaiah 40:29-31 reads, “He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired and vigorous, young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”
    This particular scripture has become one of my many favorites, especially when it appears I'm in a season that will never end. 
    While there is so much treasure in these scriptures, I want to focus on verse 31, particularly the word “wait” and “new.”
    The word “wait” in Hebrew language means so much more than what we think when we hear it. This word means those who are “bound together” or “twisted.” So, you can look at this verse and read it this way, “Those that are bound together, or twisted, with the Lord …”
    When you come into a relationship with Jesus, you are “bound together, or twisted” with Him. The word “new,” or in the KJV “renew,” in this verse carries the idea of “replace” or “change.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Why am I sharing this particular verse? Well, whenever we face “seasons,” especially the ones that seem like will never end, know that those who wait — twisted or bound together — with The Lord their strength He will replace with His strength.
    Philippians 4:13, a very popular scripture, says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
    But understand before Paul gets to this famous verse he talks about being content with whatever circumstances, or seasons, he is in. Not that he is satisfied with the season, but content knowing that God will strengthen him and help him through those seasons, even the ones that seem like will never end.

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