Every Season – COVID19
click HERE to hear Cheryl sing and play “Every Season” by Nichole Nordeman
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NIV
I don’t feel like much of a writer. But music, music speaks to me and I can speak through music. During this incredible, unprecedented “season” the whole world is facing at the same time, it reminds me there are so many different seasons in life. There are seasons of weather. Seasons when we are raised by our parents and then taught to live on our own. Seasons where we raise our children and then teach them to be independent and live on their own. There are seasons of heartbreak. Seasons of healing. Seasons of economic growth and seasons of drought. Seasons when we feel close to God and other times it seems easier to ask, “why?”
In all the seasons I have faced in my life, I have learned that what the enemy intends for evil, God ALWAYS turns it around for His glory. If we are looking for Him and trusting Him, everywhere, we will see His goodness in this current season.
This Coronavirus may feel like devastation now or soon… either by sickness, death, hospital overload or by economic dismay but Lysa Terkeurst explains these situations perfectly in her book “It’s not supposed to be this way,” when she says the hurt she experienced in her life felt like her heart was more than broken into a million pieces…it was shattered to the point of dust. She further explains that you can’t pick up dust and glue it back together. You can’t “fix” dust.
“But what if fixing, editing, and repairing isn’t at all what God has in mind for us in the shattering? What if, this time, God desires to make something completely brand-new? Right now. On this side of eternity. No matter how shattered our circumstances may seem. Dust is the exact ingredient God loves to use.￼￼” You see, God created man from dust. Jesus restored a man’s eyesight using dust. He also tells us in His Word that he replaces beauty for ashes.
So, right now, I see God. He is using this bitter time and showing me so many sweet things. He has given me the time to slow down and be with my family. The time to listen to my kids and eat every meal with them. I see the beauty in His creation as I take deep breaths of the fresh air while we are on family bike rides or on family walks…something we rarely do. Closing the evening with a family game or a family movie is unique and bonding. We’ve started a grateful journal where we write down 10 things we are grateful for each day and it’s a mind shift towards joy especially now when we are inclined to complain. I’m enjoying sitting at the piano and singing worship music. I’m enjoying the slower pace.
How do you see God in this season? I’d love to hear in the comments on FB.
Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. (Psalm 62:8 NIV)
Jesus speaking: I have told you these things so that in me, you will have peace. In this world you will have trouble. Take heart (have hope) I have overcome the world. John 16:33
~Cheryl White from the My Voice And Piano Team