Seasons of Life

Outside the leaves are changing and producing beautiful colors on the trees everywhere I turn.  

Fall is my favorite season ever.  I love the sound of the leaves crunching underneath my feet, the beautiful colors on the trees, the fall food, time with family outdoors and so much more.  I love watching our girls run in piles of leaves and paint their pumpkins.  

I think part of the reason I love fall is it is when I realized God had answered a prayer of mine at a leadership retreat in college.  See, I had prayed at a fall leadership retreat in 2009, that when He wanted my husband and I to have children that it would happen in His timing.  I was at a point where I saw other people having kids around me. I started having “baby fever,” I suppose, and I really wanted to be the next person to have a baby.  But God knew I wasn’t ready at that moment, in that year, right after we got married in 2008.  He knew I needed to be closer to Him first, closer to my husband first. He also knew that my reasoning, at that moment, was just because everyone else that got married the same year as us was having kids.  

We went to the fall leadership retreat in the fall of 2009, and I told God that I was giving him my desire to have a baby and laying it at His feet because it was getting in the way of my relationship with Him.  It was making me impatient and flustered with Him at times because I felt like my prayer had been unanswered.  

This season of my life was a growing season; a season of learning that sometimes God says just wait and that He knows the perfect timing for prayers to be answered however He sees best for our lives.  Flash forward to the Fall of 2010 at leadership retreat. Here I was standing in worship. All of a sudden, I realized I was standing in the exact same spot, that a year before, I had laid down that desire to God to have a baby.  I was then seven months pregnant with our daughter, Joelle. That is a moment I will never forget, a moment with God that I realized when I lay things at His feet completely, and truly surrender them to Him, that He moves in ways that we least expect when we aren’t even looking for that answer.

Sometimes, seasons change to where we notice them. At other times, the weather shifts and a new season begins almost in what seems like twenty-four hours.  In life, seasons are the same way.  There are times in our life where one period seems to transition smoothly to the other period.  At other points, it seems that we are just as confused as the weather as to where we are going or what is happening in our lives.  

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 says, “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.  A time to be born and a time to die.  A time to plant and a time to harvest.  A time to kill and a time to heal.  A time to tear down and a time to build up.  A time to cry and a time to laugh.  A time to grieve and a time to dance.  A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.  A time to embrace and a time to turn away.  A time to search and a time to quit searching.  A time to keep and a time to throw away.  A time to tear and a time to mend.  A time to be quiet and a time to speak.  A time to love and a time to hate.  A time for war and a time for peace.”    

No matter what “season” or time you’re  at in your life, marriage, or walk with the Lord, it doesn’t matter.  What matters most is that you hold onto Him!  Lean on Jesus in every situation, and trust that He knows what is best for your life!  Enjoy each season as you walk by faith and let God mold you and shape you into the person that He wants you to be even more.

Jesus, I pray that whoever is reading this article will know that no matter what season they are in right now, that You have them in Your hands!  Thank you for reminding me, yet again, as I looked back on seasons in my life that You have always been there for me and my family and that You never fail!  I pray that each person that reads this article will be encouraged!  Thank you for each season that you take us through, and help us to remember that each season does change and that you have us in your hands.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

Mikayla Winafeld

 

Mikayla has a heart for student ministries and seeing lives transformed as well as a passion for worship ministry. Mikayla and her family make their home in Ohio. As a couple, Mikayla and Joey, volunteer at their church in student ministries and Mikayla is also a member of the worship team. Her heart shows through in all she does and that is how she is seen; with a huge heart for people. Mikayla is a graduate of Central Bible College with a bachelor’s in Children’s Ministry and a minor in Music. Her favorite verse is Proverbs 3:5-6 and says, “Trust in the Lord with all Your heart, lean not on your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.”

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