Happy New Year friends! Hope it’s not too late to say that?? 🙈
You’ve had 27 days to try on 2023 – how does it fit? Is it a little bit snug or too loose in places or just right? Or if you’re like me, the ‘holiday’ fog is still lifting and you’re slowly cranking yourself into gear – that’s ok too!
Over Christmas and year-end festivities, I found myself reflecting on the lyrics of ‘Seasons’ – one of my all-time favourite songs from Hillsong’s Christmas ‘Peace Project’ album. I mean, if we were back in the dark ages of CDs, this album would be all scratched up by now. 😁
From countless hours of playing this track on repeat, it’s clear the writer(s) hope to encourage listeners to view the waiting seasons of life as purposeful.
I guess you could call this blog a bit of a ‘cop-out’ seeing as I am piggy backing on Hillsong’s beautifully written lyrics. But you know what they say – if ain’t broke, there ain’t no need fixing it! 😁😉
Here are some excerpts from the lyrics:
Though the winter is long even richer
The harvest it brings
Though my waiting prolongs even greater
Your promise for me like a seed
I believe that my season will come
I can see the promise
I can see the future
You’re the God of seasons
And I’m just in the winter
If all I know of harvest
Is that it’s worth my patience
Then if You’re not done working
God I’m not done waiting
You can see my promise
Even in the winter
‘Cause You’re the God of greatness
Even in a manger
For all I know of seasons
Is that You take Your time
You could have saved us in a second
Instead You sent a child
Now, those last two lines wreck me E V E R Y T I M E.
If God could speak our complex universe into being in an instant, why didn’t He just pronounce salvation over the earth?
Why didn’t Jesus simply touch down on earth as an adult one day and head for the cross the next day?
Why the long 33 years of watching Him grow from an infant to an adult?
I mean, if the eternal welfare of all mankind depended on Jesus why wasn’t there more urgency?
Friends, the only answer I can cobble up is this: time is not God’s enemy.
Simply put, God is not going to run out of time to accomplish His plans. He is not in a rush because a thousand years are just like a day in His sight (2 Peter 3:8).
In the infant born to Mary was the adult that would shoulder the salvation of the world and God was happy to wait 33 years to bring Him to the cross.
I’ll say it again, time is not God’s enemy.
Your age is not God’s enemy.
That you have been in the same situation for decades is not a hinderance to God.
God is not punishing you by making you wait.
Although we are in a New Year, many of us are still in the waiting room of life, waiting for our name/number to be called.
Let’s be real – there are times we are disappointed with God. Times when His timing, His process, His ways don’t align with our expectations.
Why keep us waiting you ask? Why send us a baby when we needed a fully grown up Saviour…?
…because God is not in a hurry.
…because God works on His timeline and we cannot bribe Him to do otherwise.
…because His ways are not our ways.
If you’re anything like me, those last three sentences are NOT what you want to hear 😩😳
But like the song says, God is not done working and so my dear friend, you are not done waiting.
Scriptures tell us the many benefits we get in the waiting season of life – endurance, patience, character, etc (James 1:2-4). A bit like vegetables, these virtues make us healthy and strong but we’d rather not eat them because that stuff doesn’t always taste nice!
Resist the urge to abort the blessing being incubated in this current season of waiting.
In 33 years, you’ll see that the baby/infuriating toddler/insignificant thing/tiring job/slow-growing business/etc might just grow up to be the Saviour you’ve been waiting for.
Hold on. Trust the process.
Have a wonderful 2023!
Cheering you on,