All of my life I’ve heard that there is a time and a season for everything (Ecclesiastes 3)–I remember the first time I read that chapter in the Bible was in third grade when my hamster Brownie was dying. I cried and cried because I realized that I had to live with the sad reality that it was Brownie’s time to die and my time to weep. I read the passage at his home-made funeral service while playing “Amazing Grace” on my keyboard.
Over the years, I have had to go through many seasons–much more challenging than my hamster’s perishing. I remember in the years 2006-2007, I felt like I was surrounded by a season where so many people I loved were dying. I questioned to God, “Why?” It seemed that wakes and funerals were part of my life’s routine. However, it was a season God brought me through. A season where I mourned, others around me mourned, and we wept together. Yet, Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time…” It takes trust believing that God will work through our pain–that He will restore joy back to us, to give us again our time to laugh and dance.
And God is faithful. He will make true Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who<sup class="footnote" value="[a]”> have been called according to his purpose.” I feel like in my 18 years I have gone through seasons of mourning, seasons of change, and seasons of flat-out feeling down-in-the-dumps. But the Lord has never failed to restore to me His joy, His sense of purpose in my life.
Don’t be discouraged with whatever you are facing in this present season: wherever you are mourning or weeping in your life, God will never fail to restore to you the joy only He can give. He will give you a reason to sing and dance again.
Psalm 34:18–“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Psalm 37:23,24–” The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.”
Hold on to the Lord’s promises for your life. He will never forsake you. Surrender to Him today. Tell Him that you will continue to trust Him through this present season. He will pick up all of your broken pieces and restore to you everything that was lost–and then some. Because, that is what God does. He restores. Amen and amen!