“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning, great is Thy faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:22-23
Fall is just beginning to blow in the air, and a new season is upon us. I can say with strong conviction, I am ready for this new season. And, knowing it is the season of autumn, of cool evenings and warm family times makes it all the sweeter. Ah.
“rejoice in the Lord your God, for He has given you the autumn rains because He is faithful.” – Joel 2:23
What does the beginning of this autumn, 2015 stir in your heart? Anything? Oh, I hope you are not running on auto pilot. I pray it spurs newness, and a fresh start. Remember your school days, or when your kids were in elementary school? Each August, as it came near to school starting, there was an energy, an excitement, a newness, a little apprehension, and an organic fresh start. The old was gone and the new came in – ready or not. We have that opportunity this season. God is faithful and brings fresh “rain” into our lives through every situation, trial, joy and season. Whoohoo for that!
I love a new season. It suggests a clean slate for the future and moves us away from the past. I always love that opportunity, some seasons more than others. Can you relate? If someone were to walk up to me and say the word “water” over the last 3 months, it made me cringe and increased my heart rate with stress. Usually summer months for our family are filled with carved out times to spend at the beach and swimming pools, and dinners lasting through the evenings. We cherish those times.
This summer, the water times we experienced together were anything but refreshing as the house we leased for the last couple of years became a mote. I like to think of our home as a castle – but that was a little ridiculous. The small leak we had heard for the duration we lived there finally made itself known. The waters rose and surrounded the house on three sides. 800 gallons of water were extracted from under the house, concrete was shot under the house to keep it upright, and the sewer system failed. Our family, with doggie in tow, became part of the family at Residence Inn where we lived for a portion of the summer, working during the day, and eating dinner with new friends in the evenings. When it became apparent that we were not going to be able to move back to that house for a very long time, we as quickly as possible found a new home. Packing a house up in 2 days among the plumbers, dry wallers, building inspectors was quite a challenge. I am not a wimp when it comes to challenges, but this summer’s journey stretched me to the very core. That verse from Lamentations gave me focus every morning remembering God’s wonderful faithfulness and goodness.
So, when I read this verse…
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you” – Isaiah 43:1-2
…I obviously read it through different lenses because of our experience this summer. You know what I see first? – “when you pass THROUGH the waters and rivers”. We have difficulties in this life, absolutely. We all do. We all will. But they do not claim us if we are a child of God. They cannot define us if we claim His Word. They do not last if we know the God who redeems and saves. We walk through the waters to the other side. God calls me by name…by name. He says: “Kim, get that box packed up because you are moving to the next season of adventure I have for you”. I just need to follow His lead and trust Him.
That is our gracious Lord God speaking directly to you today. Whatever you face, God is with you.
He is close. Reach out to Him.
He cares. He knows you, your heart, your hurts, your future.
He is in control. Trust Him.
As you walk through this autumn season, will you look for God’s new blessings every morning? That is where the “ah” comes from. He is faithful. He remains the same. Yeah, life can be a little rough and tumbly some times. It can be windy, wet, dirty, messy, dry, frustrating, confusing, and down right hard. But God is faithful. He offers forgiveness and peace, a future and a hope on dry land! You get to choose your outlook, your path, your response.
May these last few moments of September bring an ahhhh – a peace in His great and wonderful presence and energy to gear up for Roctober!
Kim Hamilton is the founder of Fearless & Fancy Free Ministries and the author of “Fearless – Seven Days A Week” and “Timeless – Devotions Based On The Sermons Of Floyd Strater”. She is a sought after worship leader and a featured speaker for women at churches, schools, and cancer awareness events.