By Mavis Tipton

Ecc. 3:1 “For everything there is a season…” I recently was reminiscing of when Buddy was attending South Eastern Bible College, now known as Southeastern University.

He didn’t have much longer before he would graduate and we would continue our journey following God’s plan for our lives.  

I was saying to Buddy, “I would be glad when we were through with school”, as money was always tight, and it was time to pay tuition again.  His reply to me was, “you may wish we were back in school, as we don’t know what lies ahead of us.”

I shouldn’t have been complaining as the Lord was so faithful to provided everything we needed from food to tuition for school and everything in-between.  We left school not owing one penny. God you are so Good and faithful.

The next season of our lives was answering the call for Buddy to become the pastor of Central Assembly in Vero Beach, Fl.  

This season required us to live by faith once again…but thenisn’t that what we are all called to do?  There are no expiration dates on “living by faith.”

Prov. 3:5-6Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.”

Through every season of our lives, God has been there guiding us and leading us on the path He chose for us.  Most seasons have been filled to full and running over with the joy of the Lord, with excitement and anticipation of what the Lord would do next.  Other seasons have been hard and painful, but we learned and grew in those seasons, and best of all God our Father never left or forsook us.

When we are going through different seasons, we can be so child-like.  Having such great faith in our Father, knowing nothing is impossible with Him. Our Father is the best and knows everything.  

Then we hit those years when we aren’t a little child anymore, but we aren’t adults yet either, and somehow we don’t look at things the same…now we know more than the Father, yet He still loves us and doesn’t turn us into ‘potato chips.’

We move into adulthood, and we begin to see things differently, and once again we desire a closer relationship with our Father. We realize that He does have all the answers and the closer we draw to Him the better our relationship.

As I reflect on the pasts 49 years I have walked with the Lord, I am so amazed, blessed, over-the-hills-in-love with my heavenly Father, and so very thankful for His love and guiding hand in every season of our lives. 

My heart’s desire is to continually draw closer to the Savior of my soul.  To walk in love and obedience in each new season.  

And I have never once said, “I wish we were back in school.”

Going backwards isn’t God’s plan for any of us. His plan is for us always to be moving forward to the next new season.