Tis The Season

by Marcia Clarke

He shall be like a tree planted by the river of water that brings forth fruit in its season. Psalm 1:3 NKJV

Aside from the four seasons of fall, winter, spring, and summer, the Bible calls periods or experiences in our lives seasons. We are in the middle of fall right now. The northern hemisphere is moving toward a time of rest to prepare for new growth after a dormant winter. As the earth moves on its revolution around the sun, the changing of seasons is a perpetual order that will not change and will continue to exist forever.

Seasons in our lives can be joyful or challenging, often designed to strengthen us and reveal a better view of who God is in our lives. As with fall, winter, spring, and summer, every season of life has its difficulties, advantages, but also its beauty. As long as we exist on the earth, we will experience seasons of rest and recovery, or storms and tests.

No matter what, we should prepare our minds to embrace the tests which will groom us to blossom into beautiful flowers when spring appears. To position ourselves for this beautiful oasis, we must experience the challenges, the adversity, or even great sorrow to strengthen our hearts and bring us to the feet of Jesus. He knows all too well about the tests of mankind because he experienced it alone for us.

The Israelites, for example, experienced a season of wandering (Numbers 32:13). They were given clear direction and promises from God that He would give the land to them. They refused to trust Him. Instead, they wandered forty years without ever experiencing that previously promised blessing because of their complaints, grumbling, and lack of faith. Yet while God would not allow them to enter, throughout the forty years in the wilderness He continued to lead them, protect them, and provide for their needs. God’s grace kept them even while they chose to live outside of his will.

Seasons are always changing; they never last forever no matter how we may feel while we are in the middle of them. God will not allow us to go through any season alone, He is right there with us. When we seek to look up to him and call on his name, He answers before we call (Isaiah 65:24). Life will forever come with seasons of rest (preparation), growth (getting ready to blossom), and harvest (reaping).

As I write these words, I am experiencing a time of growth. While not comfortable, I can attest that I welcome the new experiences that open my eyes to seeing God through new lenses. I welcome the growth that I see in myself as I rest in God for all that he desires to do in my life. I welcome the fresh look when I look in the mirror knowing that I came this far because of his grace. He is the potter, and I am the clay (Isaiah 64:8).

God’s boundless love for us will carry us through any season. His strong arm is our refuge and his shoulder a fortress where we can rest our weary heads. No matter the season you are experiencing, remember his love for us abides forever. He has made the provision to take us through every season through his son Jesus Christ.

Father, you are the God of the seasons in my life. Let your presence guide me to remain in confidence and that your grace will lead me on. In Jesus name, Amen.

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

About the author: Marcia Clarke is an author who writes daily encouragement for meditation and spiritual enrichment. Helping people through difficult seasons through her writing is her greatest passion. She has a passion for sharing encouragement and practical devotion through her daily blog on and enjoys the practice of meditation, yoga, and daily affirmation to create balance in her life. She is the author of Journey to Abundance with content-rich affirmation for your meditation experience. Marcia most recent book, Thirty Days of Grace is prayer for every season. Visit her at marcia_clarke5.wixsite.com/todayissacred.

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The Unexpected Frustration of Aging

by Debbie Wilson

Those watching me heave a carry-on suitcase into a plane’s overhead bin wouldn’t believe I was the arm-wrestling champion of our 5th grade class. The legs that earned me a blue ribbon for speed, in my 6th grade, city-wide relay competition, and scaled any tree with ease, almost failed me when I took the second step of a stepladder with no hands.

I am painfully aware I’m no longer fast, strong, or young. What happened?

Aging not only brings limitations, it taps fears when our limbs—and mind—lose the speed and strength we’ve learned to depend on. The recent experience of some friends reminded me that the challenges that unnerve us don’t surprise God. He never leaves us.

My friend’s husband slipped during a vacation and injured his back. Instead of getting better, the pain grew worse. After numerous doctors’ visits and tests, he heard the news no one wants to hear. Cancer. Of the bones. And he needed back surgery.

The surgery left this formerly active husband and father with a back brace and a cane. His wife struggled with responsibilities he’d previously carried with ease. Sometimes the loss of the life they’d taken for granted and the frustration over lack of youthful strength boiled over.

One such day, she fumed to herself and her husband as she hurled boxes that contained a lifetime of accumulated junk and memories into the dumpster at the local junk yard. “Why didn’t we prepare for old age before it was so hard?”

In her rant, her keys sailed with her belongings into the huge dumpster. Suddenly my friend’s frustration turned to desperation—and then to God. “Lord, forgive me for complaining. Please have mercy and rescue my keys!”

Halfway down, the keys dangled from protruding trash. She asked two burly men, “Please, would you crawl in and rescue my keys?”

One man fished out a long pole with an attached magnet and snagged the keys. “No problem.”

Has weakness, frustration, or lack of planning dropped you into the middle of a mess? Have your limits or those of someone you love raised fears for the future? We can’t predict or prepare for everything. But we can take refuge in the One who cares enough to rescue even lost keys, for He has promised:

Even to your old age and gray hairs; I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you” (Is. 46:4 NIV).

Lord Jesus, thank You for Your many promises. I choose to trust you to rescue me in my stumbles and carry me when I can’t walk. Amen.

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

About the author: Debbie W. Wilson is an ordinary woman with an extraordinary God. Drawing from her personal walk with Christ, twenty-four years as a Christian counselor, and decades as a Bible teacher, Debbie writes and speaks to connect sojourners to the heart of Christ. She and her husband Larry founded Lighthouse Ministries, a nonprofit ministry offering life and relationship counseling and Bible studies. Despite time in Boston, the Midwest, and Southern California, she still says y’all. Her family, which includes two mischievous standard poodles, calls North Carolina home. Find free resources to refresh your faith and connect with Debbie at debbieWwilson.com.

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