If you were like me at all, last Saturday when you awoke and went outside you found a certain crispness to the air. It was a feeling not known for what seems like far too long. Texas summers can seem to go on forever, and on Saturday I found myself finally believing that Fall might be on its way. In fact, truth be told, I prayed that Fall would come. I am ready to be done with the scorch of summer heat and triple degree days.
So much of life is like that. I am waiting impatiently for some season to be over. Generally, these are seasons of pain and hard times. Seasons of trials and of struggle. I am waiting and praying for the cool refreshment of easier days. I long to be done with hard times that melt me, and move on to days of ease. But I know that God holds the seasons in His hands. God holds not just the seasons of the year in His hands, but also the seasons of my life. Consider these words from Acts:
“From one man he [God] made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17.26-28a
It wasn’t in a place of comfort that God provided manna to the Israelites to sustain them. It was in their place of need. God knows our seasons. God knows the season you are in. It isn’t to punish you or harm you, but rather for the purpose that you would reach out for God. He is there for you to be found. He is not hiding, but His desire is that you would reach out and find Him. My prayer for you today is that no matter where you are, no matter where you have been, no matter what you have done, you would know that God’s love is for you. God is for you, not against you. Prayer to Him today so that He can be found.