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This Too Shall Pass

It was the year 1990 and my only comfort came from repeating the phrase, "this too shall pass" over and over to myself. I remember being in the family waiting room looking at my watch every 5 minutes waiting to receive an update from the nurse. My son, Scott, had been born with Pectus Excavatum-a chest wall deformity causing his chest wall and ribs to sink inward. He was now 14 and having surgery to correct the issue because depending upon the severity it can impair cardiac and respiratory function.

We were sharing the waiting room with another family whose son was also having surgery and even though we had just met this family, the seriousness of the moment prompted me to pray for their son every time I prayed for Scott. I will never forget waiting for each update! It seemed an eternity between every call.

As we waited, the other family’s doctor came in and his eyes told the story before he ever said a word. Their son’s suffering had come to an end and he was in the presence of Jesus. I immediately prayed and asked God to take care of this hurting family and begged Him to please allow Scott to be okay. I felt such guilt and knew I had no right to want my son to live any more than the other mom that day. But I could not ignore the fear and pain flooding my soul in that moment. I cannot explain why Scott made it through his surgery and the other son did not. Only God knows. That particular day of praying "this too shall pass" ended when we got the call that Scott’s surgery was a success.

Later that same year my mother began coughing up blood. We took her to doctor after doctor and not one could find the cause of the bleeding. My mom grew a bit frustrated and told my sister and me, "you are going to keep looking until you find something wrong with me". But we already knew something was wrong and kept seeking medical help. I almost wish we had listened to mom and just left it alone but we didn’t.

In 1990 mom was told she had cancer. I will never forget how eager I was to leave the heaviness of 1990 behind me - I was so anxious to get to 1991. I kept telling myself if only I could make it through 1990 "this too shall pass". We did make it through 1990, and my sweet Mom went to be with Jesus in 1991... "This too shall pass".

In 1990 mom was told she had cancer. I will never forget how eager I was to leave the heaviness of 1990 behind me - I was so anxious to get to 1991. I kept telling myself if only I could make it through 1990 "this too shall pass". We did make it through 1990, and my sweet Mom went to be with Jesus in 1991... "This too shall pass".

King Solomon was wise, wealthy and powerful and spent most of his life living apart from God. Solomon wrote the book of Ecclesiastes and in a nutshell, said this: make the most of today because there is no guarantee what tomorrow will bring. Solomon learned life is meaningless apart from God but he failed to take his own advice. Near the end of his life, he looked back with an attitude of humility and repentance and realized he did not daily seek God over seeking everything else under the sun.

Does your 2018 sound like my 1990? Do my stories bring up painful memories of the past you have tried to forget? Do you feel like time stands still in painful seasons of life? Do you look back on specific seasons with regret? We can learn from yesterday but we can only live one day at a time. We can learn much from Solomon. Yes, "this too shall pass" and with each season there is hope for a better tomorrow. When we understand our tomorrows are in the hands of a loving God, it is so much easier to enjoy our todays – even the slow, painful ones we wish were already behind us. 

"There’s a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to uproot. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build. A time to weep and a time to laugh. A time to mourn and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather them. A time to embrace and a time to refrain. A time to search and a time to give up. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be silent and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)

Life is to be lived now, not yesterday or tomorrow. Today is the day to enjoy God’s gift called life! We cannot escape difficult days, months or years but we can face each season with the confidence of knowing God’s presence is in the present season. March is the month that ushers in spring. Enjoy and embrace today because "this too shall pass".

 
" There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven.
— Ecclesiastes 3:1
 
Are you experiencing a season that doesn't feel particularly fruitful? Maybe it's a season of heartbreak or uncertainty. Or perhaps this season is so sweet that you never want to leave. Whatever the case, there is purpose in the season. We created a free desktop screensaver for you to download and be reminded that, in every season, God is working for our good and His glory. Click the image to get your screensaver.
 
Inspiration From Others
 

The Season of Waiting:

I'm not sure there's a person on the planet who likes to wait. We were encouraged by the words of Sherry Funk as she talks about what God teaches her in these seasons of wait.

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Winter And Dandelions:

Donna Taylor writes beautifully about the work of seasons in her recent blog, and we would be remiss if we didn't include it for your reading with our theme this month.

Fighting For Spring:

This beautiful blog from Cara Bowen speaks to the work God is doing in the dark seasons, and the work He calls us to in the process.

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What's Happening
IT'S HERE!

Dot's book Running For Your Life is now available! We're so excited for you to be able to read about Dot's incredible story and what God taught her about life with Him through the context of a race. Available on Amazon now, so go get your copy and share with your friends!
Perfect Ending
We couldn't think of a better punctuation for our theme of seasons than this song by Nichole Nordeman. Watch the video linked below and spend some time reflecting on the beautiful, purposeful and holy work of seasons.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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