Unlimited: Are You in a Season of Crisis?
Sep 27, 2019 1338
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, NIV).
Life is never easy, and although we may think everyone around us is intensely successful and happy, we don’t see the whole picture. No person in the world is perfectly content. No one is ever free of problems.
When a child misbehaves, we often say, “Oh, it’s just a stage he’s passing through.” Similarly, many of our own problems arise because we’re passing through some stage of personal development.
Our lives can be divided into various stages. These periods have been called “the testing teens”, “the teachable twenties”, “the terrific thirties”, “the fiery forties”, “the forceful fifties”, “the serious sixties”, “the sacred seventies”, and “the aching eighties”.
When you’re young you are sure that life gets better as you get older. But when you’re older you are sure that youth was sheer heaven. I’ve often said we should aim to die young as late as possible!
No matter the stage of life you are in today, you are loved and seen by God. If you are in crisis, know you are not alone. Turn your eyes to Jesus today.
– Des Ford (adapted)
Eli’s Reflection: It is so easy to assume those around us have fewer problems. Do you find yourself comparing your hardships to your neighbours or friends? Where can you focus your thoughts instead? How can you shape the next season of your life?