SEASONS

For our Major Keys Series: Seasons, we discussed God’s timing and the different seasons of life we go through. Our intro verse was Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 which got the conversation rolling. We we all encouraged as we shared life experiences and read through the scriptures. We learned what seasons are, their purpose, and what we are called to do when we experience changes in our lives. Even when we don't understand why certain changes are happening we can still rely on God. We discussed how it’s not about the season itself but about trusting Him. We can find the beauty of every stage of our lives regardless of the circumstances. Below are our 3 Major Key verses.


MAJOR KEY#1
Galatians 6:9                                                                         

We discussed how change can either be welcomed with open arms or be very frustrating. The events we have no control over aren't always fun and can be very disappointing. There are situations where we have received unfair treatment from the people around us. When circumstances don't go in our favor this verse encourages us to keep up the good fight by continuing to stay in His moral will. Even though others around us might not appreciate or notice our good intentions, God does. At the right time, we will see the fruits of our labor and it all will be worth it when its all said and done. In our relationship with Christ we strive to be like him and nothing impresses the Father more than his Son.
 
MAJOR KEY#2
Luke 15:11-12

Enter the story of the prodigal son. A story of two sons in which one demanded his inheritance from his Father a little bit too early.  In some seasons of life we are called to have patience.  Sometimes the desires we strive and pray for aren't given to us because the timing isn’t right or we aren’t ready. In this story the prodigal son didn’t want to wait anymore and was impatient. The father gave his son what he desired and as the story continued, a series of unfortunate events occur. The son didn't handle the riches given to him and wasted it all until he was at the lowest point of his life. This story speaks volumes when it comes to the process of learning how to wait. God wants us to trust His timing and be patient because what God has for us will always be at the correct moment. Let's have faith in God's timing over ours.
 
MAJOR KEY#3
Luke 15: 25-32                                                                                   

Our last major key finished the story of the two brothers. The prodigal son realized he made a huge mistake and runs home asking for forgiveness. The father greets him and takes him back home to throw him a huge fiesta as he was so happy his son was back. The second brother was angry because he felt he had been a better son. He confronts his father and wants to know why he never received a huge party for being a good son. The father responds by saying “Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.” The second son didn’t realize that all this time he could’ve always had the party or the celebration but he never asked. He was so busy comparing himself to his brother that he didn’t notice everything he wanted was right in front of him. Yes, impatience can lead to some unfortunate situations and choices. But I'll say its worst to have everything placed by God right in front of your hands to realize you did nothing with it.

For our last Major Key we encourage you to be active while you we wait. To go after your dreams, focus on yourself and not get caught up watching everyone else’s lives. What’s for them is for them and what’s meant for you is for you. Don’t miss God by searching everywhere else. He is always with you.

Nicholas Bowden (@nickworldtour) is Co-Founder and leader of The LIFT Project. He Graduated from Seton Hall University and is a teacher in Central New Jersey.  He enjoys playing competitive sports, traveling, trying new food, and catching up on comic books in his free time.