It’s September. The pumpkin spice lattes are back, and the Halloween candy is out, which is how I know it’s autumn (Orlando weather doesn’t really give me any clues). Can I just point out that if you’re buying Halloween candy now, you’re either a great planner AND highly disciplined, or let’s face it-it’s never going to last until October 31. Just sayin’.
It’s exciting to see the fall décor, the warm colors of sweaters and pants hanging on the racks, the everything scented cinnamon. It’s a new season.
New seasons bring exciting new possibilities, but they can also bring the unknown. They can bring “I’m not sure how to do this” and “what will happen?” and most of, “will this be good?”
Last Friday marked 4 years since we moved back to the U.S. from 13 years overseas. We came back to many familiars, but also so many unknowns. We left a place where we were deeply known, deeply rooted, deeply seen. We had yet to see how God would provide in this new place.
Now, I scroll through my text messages and I see name after name of people I did not know then. I have my favorite places, my favorite things (the library delivers, friends. To. My. House). I, the nobody-would-guess-introvert, linger after church because there are so many people I love and want to see. Our roots are not as deep as they were in the last season, but they are sinking. We are claiming ground here.
And He saw it all before it ever came to be.
A year or so into our time in Singapore years ago, God gave me this same kind of awareness of what He had done there. I realized that if I could have had a conversation with Him when I was hesitant to leave our home and move there, He would have said,
“Oh but Gina, you’re going to meet Wendy, and Krisi, and Fiona, and so many others. You’re going to have great memories with your kids at the wobbly train park and the zoo and the children’s library. They’re going to talk for years about the Nutella waffles you get at the market. It’s going to be so good!”
Friend, maybe you are in a new season that looms much larger than new latte flavors and décor. Maybe it’s a new location, a new stage of life, a new role. You can’t see much through the fog right now. You’re wondering if it’s going to be good, if you’ll be known, if you’ll find your place. Remember this:
Every season that is unknown to you is known to God.
God’s got good in store for you. He has people for you. He has moments of laughter and joy. He has valleys and mountains of growth. Just like I told my kids when we first moved here, “You might just meet your new best friend.” You might be entering a season of amazing blessing, or it might be your greatest place of transformation. Either way, He knows it. He’s got you.
Friday night we went out as a family and celebrated these four years. It was a time to pile the Ebenezer stones, to claim the goodness of God in this season He’s given us, to look back and see all that He knew He was going to give us here.
It’s a new season. There’s good to come. He goes ahead, preparing it for you.
“I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” –Jeremiah 29:11 The Message