Sometimes I run away from the world.

It is a defense mechanism, I know… and I am working on resisting the urge to lace up shoes and escape drama, but it is also a very present grace for me.  I know that I need the quiet to recharge my batteries. I know that if I don’t remove myself from a situation where I feel the walls closing in that I may implode, and well…that isn’t good either.

The recovering perfectionist in me feels like I should be able to handle change well by now, but I am still such a work in progress.   Philippians 1:6 reminds me that He is not done with  me.  I am grateful.  And thankfully, I am learning the art of letting go… even if it is slow.  I am eager to let His Word cultivate grace in each moment, I long for more and more grace each day…not because I am good at it but because He is.

And relative to my momentary station on in this temporal space, the address of my journey can always be infused with the promises of grace that are ever close.  It’s always the hope of the gospel that wins when the world is more than I can handle. And His grace  that enables calm in those stormy seasons, stillness in the wilderness places, and praise in the seasons of confusion an sorrow.

Balance is essential in this life, isn’t it?

A balance of His good in the midst of all things is becoming a go to phrase for me.  But in all things, God is always Good. – sed omnia Dei semper bonum.

Learning to flow with the seasons of life is a superpower, I think. And recognizing that in all things His goodness reigns still, His providence fully in control at all times…omniscience and omnipotent truth. That is a #gracemoment for sure.

Because seasons change and we need to adapt to them. But for every season there is a way to embrace the fullness that is there, because there is always something good to compensate for the less than good.  Ecclesiastes talks about the seasons of time having their place… about life’s journey  being full of many things that seem in opposition to one another.

And perhaps we have to look closely at those words that remind us in all things… in everything and in every season grace is an echo of God’s sovereign provision.

To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven; A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to break and a time to dance,  A time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, A time to get a d a time to lose, a time to keep and a time to cast away, A time to rend and a time to sew, a time to keep silent and a time to speak,  A time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. – Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Spring break came early for my High School Student.  So we ran away to one of our favorite spaces.  It is usually quiet, most often full of abundant beauty, and always inspires our creativeness.

My soul was in need of the respite, but it was so busy that it was hard to find space to sit and just be.  And it reminded me that sometimes we need to let go of our preconceived ideas of what is ‘supposed to be’ in order to embrace what really is right in front of us. And sometimes it is ok  not to have everything fit into a perfect little box that makes sense at the moment.

Because good is where I look for it and grace is always available for me to settle into and hope is an overabundant product of seasons spent bending low and waiting expectantly for God.

Either I can choose to look for beauty on my terms or I can choose to let God open my eyes right where I am and see something glorious in the unexpected. I was reminded again that change is not always bad, and reluctant grace is not always grace, and conviction is not always a punishment, and that prayer almost always changes my perspective.

And perhaps that is the answer to the transition we need to see in our seasonal changes and in our alterations on the journey. Perhaps this everything  timing and all things seasonal searching… prayer is always the fulcrum that faith rests on and hope grows out of. Perhaps the seasons are the chapters where our stories converge and our faith becomes our testimony and grace is cultivated in our souls exponentially.

Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all {manner of} prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding on behalf of all the saints.” – Ephesians 6:18

Even though there are seasons in our journey, with moments of comparative degree, His grace for us will carry us on in a forward momentum.

The Benson commentary elaborates further on Ecclesiastes 3, saying that we ought to find contentment with the order  in which God has placed all things, to observe the opportunity to choose peace whenever possible, to let what we have be enough… to be seasonably responsible with where we are, and to have confidence that Providence is the evidence of grace.

“The utmost perfection at which our wisdom can arrive in this world consists in… bearing the vicissitudes which we find in all human things with an equal mind; because they are ordered by a powerful, wise and gracious Providence.” – Joseph Benson

The balance of opposites reminds me of the upside down paradox of the Gospel.  I remember that loving others is a command that comes right after loving God first, and that forgiveness never depends on someone else’s worth, and that peace can be found in the midst of waves threatening to topple the boats we row, because the faithfulness of God doesn’t depend on the consistency of man.

 And the seasons, though a facet of the cycle of nature, are a portion of the whole plan of God to redeem and resurrect life from dead things.

We have the opportunity to choose good things no matter what is before us. We can rest in the midst of the busy, take hope in the waiting in the wilderness, be confident in the valley of darkness, choose grace in every moment.

Because of the LORD’S great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is His faithfulness. -Lamentations 3:22-23

He has a Purpose to bring us closer as we look for him in all things. And in all things, we can know that His goodness towards us will never fail. And there, right in those moments when I want to fight change, or escape into solitude from the transition, and I wrestle close with my own selfish humanity, His mercy provides grace through compassion to bring me through every new season.

Because by His Providence offers hope to guide us… provide for us… and redeem us through the set times and the seasons of our journey.

How are you counting grace through the seasons of your journey?

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