I’m sitting here looking out my window at the beautiful green trees. In New Hampshire, where we lived for many years, September is a time of change. The trees are already beginning to dress up in their autumn colors. Where I sit here in North Carolina, the leaves are mostly still green. Ah, but there are some signs of change if you look closely enough – a hint of red near the leaf stems on one tree, with some beautiful red berries forming. Autumn is on her way!
I once read that we as women live our lives in seasons – seasons marked in large part by our relationships and roles. As we move from season to season, God may use us in fresh ways and give us fresh vision and goals. But the stirrings of change do not always wait for life-changing events like the birth of a child or an empty nest. God’s timing is His own.
In my own life, God began sending signs of a new season a little over a year ago. He laid it on my heart to resign my full-time position and seek part-time work. At the same time, he gave a dear friend a message that He wanted to use me to speak into others’ lives of His faithfulness and trustworthiness.
At first the changes came slowly, like the subtle hints of red in the leaves outside my window this afternoon. My new job was a part-time position doing the same thing as my former full-time job, with the same employer. The idea of writing was an appealing friend with which I sat and pondered life from time to time – but nothing more.
Slowly more changes began to unveil this fresh vision. An opportunity arose for me to attend the She Speaks conference in the coming summer. Then I received notice that my job was ending and I would need to reapply. After prayer and consulting with my husband, I chose not to return to the same position. What? No job? Lord, what do you want me to do now? So I applied for part-time jobs and waited to see what God would open up. Or maybe He would provide in some other way if this was to be a full transition to the role of writing.
The time came for the She Speaks conference and what should be in my email that first morning but an invitation to interview for a part-time job – the only response to all the applications I had completed. “So what about writing, Lord? Do You still want me to do that or am I here so You can show me that this is not Your plan for me?”
In the days that followed, I interviewed for the job and received an offer – all the time asking God if this was the direction I should go. “So, Lord, I’m supposed to work now and postpone the idea of writing?” Well, maybe not! On the day I was offered the job, I also received an opportunity to contribute to a devotional book.
So this is my new season so far – a new part-time job doing what I love and the opportunity to obey God by writing about Him. Oh, and the renewed assurance that He will lead as I seek to follow Him and commit to saying Yes to Him. I’m looking forward to finding out just what changes lie ahead in this season of my life.
Are the stirrings of a new season appearing in your life? Trust our Heavenly Father, who makes all things beautiful in their time (Ecclesiastes 3:11). He will lead you as you seek and obey Him.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up;
do you not perceive it?
Heavenly Father, as the seasons change, both in nature and in our lives, may we trust in Your unfailing love and faithfulness to reveal the beauty of each new season. May we focus on You as You bring about new things in our lives.