“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven”, Ecclesiastes 3:1.
Almost a year ago I wrote an article entitled “Benched”. As I write today, it’s amazing to look back over the last year and see what God has done.
I was feeling so out of sorts about not being part of a worship team for the first time in my life. We had recently moved and just started attending a new church. My husband had a new ministry position that didn’t really have room for the family ministry we had operated in for all of our married years. It was just a “benched” season. I felt sidelined in my own life.
I decided to trust God’s timing and season that he had me in. Fast forward almost a year. I have been asked to fill the interim worship pastor position at our church and I also work as the children’s ministry assistant doing projects and events that I love.
As I was discussing these future endeavors with my mom she said, “Amanda, God knew you needed that time of rest to prepare you for what he has for you now.” That was such an aha moment for me! Sometimes we get so focused on ourselves we forget that God sees so much further than us and he knows best. If I hadn’t had that “bench time” there’s no way I’d be ready to take on all that God is asking me to do now.
Think of the NFL, NBA or really any sport; sometimes before the biggest game of the season they bench their starting players. Why? So they’re fresh when it really counts. Maybe sometimes God does the same thing to us. If he needs us to be fresh and ready to go, he may take us through a benched season. It’s all in how you choose to view the bench. It can be a restful or resentful time. It’s our choice.
I love the illustration of God’s tapestry. When you are working on tapestry, the underside is full of knots and crazy patterns of mixed colors that seems to make no sense. But, on the top, a beautiful picture is being made. In our lives all we see is the underside of God’s beautiful tapestry. Sometimes it may seem like it’s full of knots and crazy patterns, but it all makes sense on God’s side!
Recently I’ve talked with a few friends that are experiencing a benched season of life. Let me tell you from someone that is being “put back in the game” it’s totally worth it. Even though you don’t understand it, embrace it. Rest. Get some things done that you’ve been putting off. Spend time with those you haven’t made time for. Read, read, read. But most of all stay alert to what God is saying and hang on friend, life comes in seasons and the bench won’t last forever.
Lord, I pray for my friends who feel benched. Oh Lord, may they rest in you and take advantage of the rest you are providing for them. Thank you that you are in control even when life makes no sense and looks like it’s just a bunch of mangled knots. Help us trust you with the seasons of our life. Amen