Provision for a Season
Our lives go through many seasons, each with their own joys and needs. Recently, we went through a season of transition in regard to our church. Last April, the church we had been attending dissolved and disbanded. It was a difficult time filled with confusion, hurt, and uncertainty.
Just a couple of months before, a woman in the church had felt God asking her to start a woman’s Bible study and a good number had attended. As the church dissolved, our group kept meeting in various members’ homes. I was relatively new to the church and was enjoying getting to know these women, even as we were all thrown into looking for new churches. For me, it became a place of stability since we were visiting a new church every week.
We met every other week for about ten months, and slowly we began to find churches that suited us and our families. Just last month, we decided to stop meeting regularly since so many of us wanted to participate in studies at our new churches. We are not saying goodbye, but it is still hard to give up meeting regularly with a group you have come to love and respect. But, we are each moving into a new season and the group, so necessary for the last one, is no longer needed. God had provided for a season and I am grateful.
It reminds me of the manna that God gave the Israelites when they were wandering in the desert where there was no food. As soon as they stepped across the Jordan River into the Promised Land, the provision of manna ended. It was no longer needed. Instead, God gave them victory over those in the land so they could take possession of it.
For each season, God provides for us exactly what is best and most needed. And when our season changes, so does His provision. What an awesome God we serve!