Sovereign Over Every Season
A Conversation with My Daughters
Me: “Girls, what do you think about this whole Coronavirus situation that is going on all over the world?”
Greta: (4 years old) “Well, I miss preschool but really only the playground. Maybe I can go back to school when everyone’s fevers, coughs, and stitches feel better.”
Lola: (7 years old) “I miss my teacher and my friends. And I am really worried about my birthday party being moved back. But maybe if it does get moved back, the neighborhood pool will be even warmer because it will be summer by the time I actually get to have my party.”
Me: “That’s a good way to look at it, Lola. It will be a bit of a bummer to delay your party, but on the bright side, the pool would be much warmer. And Greta, I don’t believe the Coronavirus requires stitches.”
Greta: “Wait a minute, what are stitches?”
This is a Season
During this unprecedented time as a pandemic is looming, conversations with my daughters like the one above have provided our family with joy and comedic relief. As my girls look ahead to a return to some semblance of normalcy, I am reminded of Ecclesiastes 3. In this chapter, the author introduces a poem in this way:
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
This is a season. A season to slow down. A season to accomplish much. A season of prayer. A season to grow in God’s Word. A season to connect with your church family in new ways. A season of opportunity with friends and neighbors. A season to establish family worship. A season of family fun. A season to steward resources well. A season to be generous.
This is a “What If” Season
As our former everyday routines grow more and more distant by the day, questions arise. What if I get sick? What if I get one of my loved ones sick? What if I get laid off at work? What if the kids don’t go back to school this year? What if my business doesn’t rebound? What if my landlord isn’t understanding?
Those are real thoughts. Those are real concerns. More than that, those thoughts are really common for all of us. My encouragement to you is to turn those meditations into real prayers. Don’t let those “what ifs” take residence in your head and heart. Give them to the Only One who can do anything about them. And then ask God to take your concerns that materialize as “what ifs” and flood your heart with some “what if God” prayers.
What if God uses this season to deepen my faith? What if God moves me from a place of comfort to dependence on Him? What if God causes our neighborhood, city, nation, and world to look different on the other side of this pandemic? What if God causes our church to practice the “one anothers” of Scripture in such a compelling way that it changes others’ perception of church? What if God uses me in this season to see faith awaken in the heart of someone close to me?
What if God _____________? He can.
A Final Thought from a 7-Year-Old
Me: “…a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing…” Ecclesiastes 3:5
Lola: “See Dad, God knew about social distancing long before we ever did.”
Amen to that, kid. My hope is that we all see that God is sovereign over every season.