Just some days ago, I got the opportunity to see one of my younger sisters go off to college. With help, a four/five hour drive, two vehicles, my mom, me, my younger siblings, their dad and their sister, my college bound sister, and her two suitcases and bags full of her belongings and stuff she needed, plus much preparation, prayer and provision, we made it to our destination.
My college bound sister, I once took to preschool was now going to college. My baby sister (okay she is not a baby anymore), who was understandably afraid at first of the changes coming in her life, was now embracing them. My sister, who things seemed to go in one ear and out the other, is beginning to take everything we had been teaching her and now applying it. She is the same sister who made the decision herself to leave friends and associates behind and go away to school.
As we departed, my mom, our sister-in-Christ who drove us down there, and I all broke down in tears. Yes, we cried! However, my sister held it together even as our driver’s sister who is also one of my sister’s best friends said, “love you Dee Dee.”
Watching my sister go off to college has taught me some things:
- There is a time for everything and seasons change. Embrace them. There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. (Eccl 3:1 NIV) This is a new season for my sister who is becoming an adult, a college student and a professional, productive citizen. This is a new season for my mom, who will gain another college graduate and also has experienced seeing one of them go away to school. This is a new season for my whole family, a learning experience and an exciting journey.
- Change is inevitable. You can’t escape change nor does God want you to live in your comfort zone. With change comes growth.
- Yes, you CAN! I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Phil 4:13 KJV) I thought the transition for my sister, even my family wasn’t going to go as smooth as it has been but God answers prayers and helps us accomplish even the task we convince ourselves is so hard.
- We need one another. This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. (1 John 3:16-18 NIV) The day before we were to leave to take her down to school, I was headed to work and my sister said, “Hey where you’re going; what day is it?” She thought it was the actual day we were leaving but I reassured her it was not time yet, and I would definitely be present for her going off to school. I understood that if nothing else, my presence was needed for her big moment.
- Sometimes, you got to leave them folk behind, especially the naysayers, the tainters, the haters, and the distracters. Some people come and go; some are meant to stay in all four seasons and some in only one or even half a season. The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. (Gen 12:1 NIV)
- Prayer is pivotal before, during and after the season. Intercession for others, yourself and your journey with the Father is so crucial. He is the Alpha and Omega and He is our life source; we need Him whose plans always succeed and who knows everything. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. (James 4:8 ESV)
Thank You for the change of seasons, even those seasons that may have some uncomfortable moments. Thank You that You can see ahead and around the corner and will help me to get to my appointed destination. Thank You for Your strength also and Your joy when the season looks intimidating. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to take a moment and catch what God has been saying to us these past weeks in our EmpowerMoments; I keep hearing seasons, changes, believe, trust God, don’t give up, keep the faith, etc. Truly we are running the race and we have been encouraged to throw off every besetting sin and weight that is holding us down and hindering our running. We are to endure, persevere, pray without ceasing, obey God wholeheartedly, surrender to Him and trust Him to the end. There is a war behind the scenes going on; we cannot afford to stay in comfort zones, shrink back, give up or continue being divided and unloving. Before you know it, the season will change and we must be geared up.
What season are you in?
Read a related EM: Stay In Your Season
Ms. Tannika Moore loves the Lord and loves to write! Besides writing poetry or editing written work for family and friends, she currently works for NEIU Educational Talent Search program. She help assists Chicago public high school students with their reading, writing, etc. as well as helps them consider and prepare for college God, the Creator and Great Father has also created her to be a Compassion Person and Encourager and so she loves to encourage people according to God’s Word and help them to see, think and become better through her support, actions and writing. Her favorite scripture comes from Philippians 1:6, For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.