Isn’t it awe-striking when you experience elements of all seasons during one spring day? At these time, it’s important we know how to be ready in any season.
In the morning you see a dusting of frost, but by afternoon you take a walk in the bright, warm sun, tucking away gloves into your jacket pockets to only put on later, as wet snow falls from grey skies that were cloudless just hours before.
You’ve heard it, and known it to be true. At least in the place where I live. Blink, and the weather changes. It’s an observation and a complaint. We check our weather apps before we leave our homes. Will we need to pack our wool hat AND our sun hat today? Will one spring jacket be sufficient, or should we add a fleece hoodie to bags? (The changing weather, I am convinced, is why “backpack” purses are so popular.)
All this preparation for the unexpected can be cumbersome and frustrating. How to be ready for any season when the seasons seems to change so quickly!
Yet, I love it.
In every season, in my car you will find two wool hats, a pair of thin gloves, a pair of ski mitts, a wool scarf, a neck warmer, a pair of winter boots, a pair of sandals, a winter coat, a summer sweater, a rain coat, a wool blanket, a beach towel, and a tarp. At one time I also packed a tent—you just never know when a spontaneous car trip may require a camp-out.
Call me crazy, and some have.
And maybe it is crazy to try do the impossible of being ready in any season for all seasons.
And anything does not exclude the unexpected.
The Great Commission
After His resurrection, Jesus gave the eleven disciples their Great Commission to “make disciples of all nations.” I imagine the disciples were excited, yet nervous, unsure of what to expect of their future. Yet, they were equipped from their time with Jesus, witnessing how He taught and treated the people. Confident that Jesus was with them always, they obediently set out on their mission.
No matter the season, and no matter the unexpected situations that happen within our seasons, God’s commissioned us to serve Him. So, how can we be prepared for the opportunities God gives us?
How can we be ready in any season to serve God?
1. Grow in confidence that God directs our lives by providing us His love and strength that leads us toward a better future for His purpose.
2. Grow in your trials, letting God know how you feel, but don’t give into grief, bitterness, or despair. Set your hope “on the “marvellous grace that is coming to you.”
3. Grow in courage because Jesus will carry us through everything.
Isn’t is awe-striking when an unexpected opportunity comes to share God’s love? — more awe-striking than an unexpected sparkling mound of snow on a river bank on a warm spring day (and that’s crazy incredible).
Scripture on how to be ready in any season:
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of age.” Matthew 28: 18-20.
“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out season; correct, rebuke and encourage— with great patience and instruction.” 2 Timothy 4:2
So then, prepare your hearts and minds for action! Stay alert and fix your hope firmly on the marvellous grace that is coming to you. For when Jesus Christ is unveiled, a greater measure of grace will be released to you. 1 Peter:13
P.S. I’ve missed you, friends. And writing. And taking photographs. This season of transitions that includes navigating a new work schedule, is challenging. More changes are happening just around the corner, too!
This picture was taken on Good Friday. Do you see the amount of snow?! And just a few days later–GONE. 🙂
In my hand is Bonnie’s Gray’s latest book, Breathe, 21 days to Stress Less and Transform Chaos to Calm. Wow. I sure needed this. You can read my review here.