Abiding in New Seasons

Summer is coming! A few days ago, it was almost 90 degrees outside, according to my car. I was outside for a couple hours, and the sun left its mark on my cheeks and shoulders. Summer is a very exciting time, but it’s also a time of great change and transition for me and, I think, for many of us. People are graduating. School is ending. Vacations are coming up, irregular schedules, or maybe you’re staying here and friends are leaving town.

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This past week, I partnered with God in asking Him how He sees this summer for me. The summer for me right now has been a vat of mystery, and I have found myself wondering what good will come of it, or will things not start moving again until the fall?

I want to encourage us that God is moving and moving in good ways this summer! This summer is not just a season of same old, same old or of hectic schedules. It is a season full of God and his hopes for our lives coming to fruition!

How do we partner with God so that we cultivate fruit this summer?

Whatever season we are in, we know we are called to abide (John 15). And when we abide, we are promised that we will bear fruit--fruit that will remain! (Romans 15:5, 16). We were chosen by God, for the purpose of bearing fruit. If you follow God, it is your destiny to bear fruit! It is meant to happen. Let us walk with God and agree with that truth!

Abiding is simple. It is what we do when we are with a friend, a mentor, a spouse. It is listening. Being with. Talking with. Sharing. Doing together. This week, I went through this roles and goals worksheet to evaluate and ask God where he wants to take me spiritually, mentally, in family, financially, relationally, and physically this summer. You can go through it on your own or with your spouse to hear from God concerning what He has for your family this summer.

Summer isn’t here yet, but God has increasing and renewing hope for our lives! I like how the King James Version says Romans 4:17:

“God...calleth things that be not as though they were.”

We all have hopes and longings in our hearts that are not reality for us yet. But God is calling into being those things which are not yet! He did so at creation, and he will continue to do so as we are being made new before him.

So, no matter how you’re feeling about your summer, God has good things coming!

I am praying for you all!
 

“Therefore, be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

Ephesians 5:15-17

About the Author: Allison is a massage therapy student at Schoolcraft College and waitress at Zola Bistro. When she isn't doing these two things, she's probably doing something around Antioch. She loves prayer, worship, and spending time with her connect group and discipleship school classmates!