As I applied this concept, it helped when the kids were little. Pregnancies end in birth. Babies eventually quit screaming at night. Toddlers pass through spilling and dripping milk.
Preschoolers resolve their fears of the boogie man. Teens pass through the obsession with hair gel. Christmas comes and goes. Basketball teams finish tournaments.
Seasons, both good and bad, end. Storms eventually are stilled. Busy times slow down. Conflicts are resolved. Life goes on. Solomon must have had this revelation when he penned Ecclesiastes 3.
God is in charge of all the seasons of my life. He changes times and seasons… My challenge is to stay balanced on the path that God has designed for me.
How easy it would be to misapply the concept of “this too shall pass,” and veer off into one of the ditches on either side of the road.
Some seasons seem absolutely hopeless. I could decide there’s nothing I can do about the situation and drift through it with resignation and laziness. And I (and my family) would miss whatever blessing or wisdom God had planned.
Or I might respond to an irritating season by gritting my teeth and holding tightly to the reins of my life. I might be in control of the situation, but I’d miss the grace and power that He so wants to display in my life.
My place of rest is in Him, yet my posture to finish a season may need to be one of diligent work! Resting does not equal passivity or laziness. Properly training children takes time and effort. They need our discipleship efforts as we press into God for wisdom on their behalf. He provides the grace to finish the season strong.
Ultimately, I must yield the reins of my life to the Lord, and release control of the seasons of my days to Him. If I commit my way to the Lord and trust in Him, I have His promise that “He shall bring it to pass.”
I am not able to make winter change into spring, and I am not able to make people change. I am able to pray, seek wisdom, and walk in obedience to God's word. He is able to bring the change and the growth. As I yield my will to His, I find the peace to walk through every season.
So remember, no matter what parenting season you face today: This too shall pass, but how will you respond to it?
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