Set Free (Hannah’s Corner)
Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
Psalm 1:3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither– whatever they do prospers.
I have several television shows that I thoroughly enjoy, but unfortunately most of these shows no longer air on regular television anymore. I have to rely my DVD collection or Netflix in order to enjoy a good laugh. A couple of my shows were cancelled for various reasons, but on the other hand, some of these I shows that I love went off the air due to a mutual creative decision by its producers and cast. Therefore, it wasn’t cancelled – it was just simply time for the show to go.
In both cases, depending on how long the show aired, I began to notice a couple of things.
1- The difference in the pilot episode of the show compared to the other episodes that followed it.
The way the characters looked, spoke, and behaved changed throughout the show’s life. Let’s not even go there with the hair and clothes! Sometimes cast members even changed. People who were there in Season 1 are gone by Season 3. You can see over the years how the show developed from a cinematic point of view in the way footage was shot. Sometimes more background music was incorporated into episodes. There were times when I actually preferred some of the new episodes of shows verses the old ones because they looked and sounded so much better. Why? Over time (seasons) – improvements were implemented to make the show fantastic and look refreshed.
Then I also noticed this.
2- Each season of a show, there was always a building up to a climax.
The start of a new season and the ending of an old one. A season finale may contain a cliffhanger ending to be resolved in the next season or it could bring open-ended storylines to a close, “going out on a high.” Season premieres are the beginning of one season with several episodes in between that tells you a story that leads to a season finale…and has you on the edge of your seat until the new one begins.
I wonder, Beloved – which one of these places do you find yourself in now?
Is it the person who is looking back over their life and seeing how far you have come yet see so much more of how far you can go? Are you finding yourself in a new place (new season) where you need to do some growing? Are you just starting school? A new business endeavor?
Or beloved – are you finding yourself in a season finale of a situation? You are ending one season in your life and now you are on the edge of your seat as to what is about to happen next? Perhaps your season started 5 years ago. Your season started with a diagnosis from a doctor and now you are on your way to restoration and healing.
Or… Are you in both situations?
Reflecting on old seasons and growth – but holding on for your SEASON PREMIERE?
Galatians 6:9 says “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
I must confess that I can remember a time when reflecting on how far I had come in God and with God just wasn’t good enough for me. I didn’t care much about growth and being thankful for it. I just wanted the future – NOW! I got tired of meditating on how far God had brought me (though I was thankful) – I just wanted him to take me past where I was at the present. I needed more of Him but I also wanted more FROM Him.
Almost gave up on myself. Lord help me – almost gave up on Him.
When things are not happening when we think they should, as we think they should – we can quickly say “God is not at work in my life.” We will focus on all of the things that ARE NOT and completely overlook the things THAT ARE.
Beloved, what has been your focus lately? Seasons past or seasons yet to come?
In seasons of our lives, we can get easily distracted and forget that He is at work around us and in us – we just need to pay more attention. I believe that once we can appreciate what God has done for us in previous seasons and open our eyes to see how he is currently moving NOW in where we are, he will draw “this season” to a close.
Then my dear – you and I can really begin holding on to the edge of our seats! We will be telling ourselves and others that our Season Premiere will be
The season coming up will be the most viewed in our history.
Get your popcorn & soda and #tunein!
It’s gonna be a great one!