While it is often easier to focus on and complain about the negative aspects of our life, what we seem to be “missing,” or what people “did” to us or made us do, maybe it’s time to accept our situation in a different manner.

We can choose to perceive and believe our circumstances as a seasonal condition, one that will lead us to bigger and better things in God’s own way and time.

When Pharaoh finally let the people go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land. God said, “If the people are faced with a battle they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led them in a roundabout way through the wilderness toward the Red Sea. Thus the Israelites left Egypt like an army ready for battle (Exodus 13:17-18).

Maybe his ways are telling us it is:

·         A time for us to be reborn and a time to die to ourselves.

·         A time to uproot our unresolved past and plant something new in its place.

·         A time to kill certain behaviors and begin our healing process.

·         A time to tear down strongholds in our life and build up our walls of protection.

·         A time to seek occasions to laugh instead of finding reasons to weep.

·         A time to mourn those we have lost and dance with the memories we have shared.

In my everyday struggles, I work to receive them as a lesson, a blessing or a change of season.

When I lost my job recently, instead of feeling angst or bitterness, I was thankful for that opportunity, the changes it caused me to make personally and sought the next season in my career. I have since found a new passion that could have only happened had I fully accepted my dismissal and embraced the unknown, as working for the Lord.

How have I reached this point?

I don’t take myself too seriously, I try not to worry (or sweat) about the small stuff, I don’t always have to be right or get “my way,” I don’t hang onto anything too tightly, I let God be God, I try to keep an eternal purpose and perspective in mind, and I remind myself every season will pass—enjoy it or embrace it.

There is a time for everything. Make this the time of your life.

Cliff Young is a contributing writer to Sandlot Stories (ARose Books), as well as the monthly column, "He Said-She Said," in Crosswalk.com's Singles Channel.  An architect and former youth worker, he now works with Christian musicians and consults for a number of Christian ministries. Got feedback?  Send your comments and questions to cydmg@yahoo.com.