Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Hedge of His Love

Its funny...I've always enjoyed the changing of the seasons...I love winter to spring when flowers bloom and everything turns green. I love spring to summer and the trips to the beach, feeling sand in my toes, and the fourth of July. I love summer to fall...coziness, warmth, and the start of the holiday season, and fall to winter- the christmas season, decorations, and the start of the new year. As much as I enjoy the changing seasons, the changing seasons of life are often much more difficult to go through, and I don't enjoy that kind of change.

Lately I've felt restless- like I'm ready to settle, have a home, and finally have some peace about the current season that the Lord has me in (or has had me in for the past year and a half). I'm ready for fellowship, a home church, a hometown, connections and that comfort of knowing "this is where I belong." For a year and a half my life has revolved around work. We haven't lived anywhere long enough to truly establish ourselves as "residents" and that is so very hard. I don't really even know what to say when people ask "where are you from?" because I don't have a place that resonates as yes...that is my home.

I was encouraged by this post on about the seasons of our God- and trusting that He's still completely working in every detail of my life.

God of Our Seasons

Scripture provides ample evidence that God sets the boundaries for each season. God determines when one closes and a new one begins. He is in complete charge and sovereignly rules over every season of our lives. And his purpose for our lives in each season ultimately cannot be frustrated.

Proverbs 16:9 declares, “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.”

Nebuchadnezzar said about God, “All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, ‘What have you done?’” (Dan. 4;35).

The prophet Jeremiah professed, “ I know, O LORD, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not man who walks to direct his steps.” (Jer. 10:23).

All too often, we arrogantly think we are in charge. We imagine that we’re planning and deciding our life’s course. Who are we kidding? We need to humble ourselves and acknowledge, “God you are in charge. And I humbly accept your plan for the changing seasons of my life.”

We can trust this God who is in charge because we know his purposes are always directed for his glory and our good (Rom 8:28). As author Elisabeth Elliot insists, “
Everything that happens to you has come through the hedge of His love.”

What comfort and rest this brings to our hearts!

As we seek to make the best use of time in every season, we can be confident that God’s divine wisdom and perfect love direct his purposes in our lives.

I hope you're as encouraged as I was by reading this and knowing He's the God of Our Seasons- and we simply need to enjoy the ride, trusting.

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