Saturday, May 19, 2012


To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 

It’s graduation season, it’s the season when we celebrate the accomplishments of our family and friends. We have four graduations at our house this year. Our oldest daughter Meghan is graduating from Rhema Bible Training Center today so our family is in Tulsa today to celebrate her accomplishment. She’s been school for the last eighteen years, and I’m guessing that she’s ready for this next season. Annie, daughter number two graduated last week from Spring Arbor University. She’ll be home for the summer and then she too is heading down to Tulsa to attend Rhema next fall. Our son Luke finished his second year at Western Michigan University but is also graduating from his first year as a member of our Epic Commission discipleship program as well as his first year of our Epic School of Ministry. Finally, our baby Eric is graduating from High School in a few weeks. Then on top of that we are moving into a new home after ten years of living at the same address. So the Jones’s are experiencing a whirlwind of seasonal change. How about you?

 This text is a reminder to all of us that seasons are a part of life. There are seasons of sowing and seasons of reaping. Seasons for taking risks and seasons for experiencing the rewards that accompany them. There are dry seasons, and there are rainy seasons. One thing is certain though—God is working through every season we experience. So if you’re in a tough season right now, don’t give up. Maybe it’s just a time for you to hunker down, dig in, and set your sights on Jesus and the new season that’s just beyond the horizon.

For those of you graduating this year, you have been in a long season of gathering knowledge. A season of being stretched, pulled and pushed beyond what you thought was possible. But you finished, you stuck it out, you got your degree. Now you are facing a new season. A season to take those things that you’ve learned and begin to apply this new found knowledge in every day practical ways. So here’s today’s word of encouragement for you. The same God who was with you in your past season will be with you in this new season. Did you know that He’s been preparing you for this new season all along? Of course He has, He’s the God of every season, so you’ve got nothing to fear. In fact He’s ready to do a new thing in you and through you in this next season.

“Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19

So get ready because God is about to blow the doors off of your self imposed limitations. It’s time to think big. It’s time to put away the old, and embrace the possibilities of the new. You’re moving from faith to faith, from glory to glory, and your best days are ahead. Remember with God all things are possible. So rejoice in your new season. It’s time for you to shine!

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