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God's provision through the busy seasons

A devotion on security

For so many of us, spring break is a time of rest and relaxation. In our modern-day society, spring has started to symbolize a time of renewal; all the trees budding and our lawns beginning to grow are usually a welcome sight to see after several months of chilly weather.  Especially in Texas, the past few Februarys have brought heavy windstorms, icy roads and even snow days. As nice as it is to have everything slow down, it feels refreshing to have the sun out, plants thriving and busier schedules.
I’ve been thinking about the meaning of spring a lot lately. Historically, spring is when our ancestors would plant crops and when it was most likely to rain. Spring helped determine the stability and security of your family for the rest of the year. The amount of rain combined with sunshine your crops received had a direct impact on how much food your family would have to eat the following winter.
My husband has been a co-owner of a restaurant for the past 3.5 years.  This is our fourth spring we’ve been open. After an incredibly stressful first spring in 2020, when everything shut down, each spring since then has been our best season of the year.  It has been the most dependable time of business at a more casual place like ours. While spring break can be a time of relaxation for some, for my family, it’s a time of security and stability for us.
This has caused my family to be on a somewhat opposite schedule from many other families.  Our time of rest is in the fall and winter when business slows down. Even though spring is incredibly busy for us, it’s the time of year when we feel the most secure about the year to come.
God provides for each of us in unexpected ways.  A time when most of us might feel like we’re finally able to breathe is a time when others might be grateful for a surge in business. A time of extreme busyness can help ensure security for later in the year when times are slower.
“The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. You open your hand, satisfying the desire of every living thing.” - Psalm 145:15-16
God will provide for each of us, no matter what season we are in. He will satisfy our desires and our core needs. When we look to him, he will always ensure we have what we need.
Written by Taylor Zreet, kinship care specialist for Buckner Children and Family Services.

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