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New seasons bring hope

A devotion on seasons and the consistency of God

The weather is starting to warm up, flowers are blooming and it feels like summer is just around the corner. If you’re anything like me, consistent sunshine makes all the difference in your productivity and mood. And when I think about spring and summer, I find myself hopeful for what God might do in this new season.
“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’” – Revelation 21:5
After the first few months of the year, I have felt like I’m running on fumes. The hustle and bustle of life has worn me down and I’ve felt like I’m attempting to pour from an empty cup. Whether you find yourself there or not, God has encouraged me with a few truths to hold onto through this season and when I (probably) find myself here again in the future.

Everything has a season.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens …” – Ecclesiastes 3:1

It’s hard to remember when you’re in the thick of it that this too shall pass. But you’ve survived all the hard days you’ve walked in the past and God will continue to walk with you through the hard days now.

Fruit is planted in the valleys.

“No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” – John 15:4

Many times when you find yourself on a mountain, you had to go through the valley first. And I know for me, what I learned in the valley usually is what helps push me to the top of the mountain. There’s nothing like a deeper knowing and deeper relationship with God after time in the valley with him.

God is our source of life-giving water.

“Jesus answered, “everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” – John 4:13-14

Just like the relationships we have with our loved ones grow and change through the ebbs and flows of life, so does the relationship we have with God. While I once was able to sit down formally with God every morning, today it looks more like conversations with him while folding laundry, doing the dishes or driving. And honestly, creating space for him within the pockets of “normal” life has created even more opportunities for him to speak into me.
We can know and trust that while our lives change, our God doesn’t. I encourage you to cling to God in the mundane, in the chaos and in the new seasons you face.

Written by Emily Ahrens, director of digital communications for Buckner International. 

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Andi Hart says:
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