in |e v e r y| season.

All of my life, in every season,
You are still God, I have a reason to sing,
I have a reason to worship. – Hillsong, Desert Song

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I’ve sang “Desert Song” countless time. I know that in dry seasons & in flourishing seasons, God is still God. He is still holy, faithful, true, good, just, & sovereign.
I know these things.

But this past season? Knowledge of these things wasn’t enough. They were what I held onto; my heart had to believe them.

The past few months, the reality of this broken world has been tangible. It has been heavy & heartbreaking. Death is a reality. I know this & I understand it, but it still hurts. As a Christian, I think the reality of death will always hurt because it is the result of sin entering the world & it is the reality of living in a broken world. As a believer in Christ, there is a beauty beyond this world & the eternal life He has given us.

This past season, there have been multiple reminders of the uncertainty & the quickness of this life. Partners in ministry have passed away, friends have lost their lives, little ones with sicknesses that there are no cures for have taken their last breath, car accidents have claimed the life of young men, depression has threatened the lives of friends…there is a heaviness. In the midst of this season of heaviness, I have seen the Lord working, comforting, providing, healing, & guiding. I think this line of “Desert Song” has been my heart’s anthem – “All of my life, in every season, You are still God, I have a reason to sing, I have a reason to worship.”

I can trust Him. What a beautiful Truth to rest my heart on when I lay my head down each night.

There is a reality that the Gospel message must be shared message with urgency.
We are not promised tomorrow. Our coworkers are not promised tomorrow.
When I look around & see the people God has put in my life for this season, I don’t want to wait to talk about Jesus. I don’t want to wait to hear their story. Perhaps that’s why I’m here.

My heart literally could burst from joy when I think about the Gospel & what Jesus has done. This past season has ignited the desire amongst our staff to have continued Gospel conversations with all of those around us – fellow staff, people in the villages, team members…everyone. We are burdened to find out where people are at, & walk through this season of life with them. I’m encouraged to look back & see the ways the Lord graciously pursued my heart, & I’m encouraged to see the way He continues to pursue the hearts of His people. In every season, friends – He is who He says He is.
God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Cor. 1:9.

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” Ecclesiastes 3:1.
 

A few of my friends here on staff beautifully wrote about this past season – HERE is Elizabeth’s post. HERE is Amanda’s. They are both worth the read!

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