It’s a quite an exciting season we have up ahead. The minute you hear the word “season” it can mean different things to different people.
If you’re a Habs fan, it means a great season which probably ends in a good run in the series, but with no Cup! If you follow the latest fashion trends, new season means a trip to Carrefour Laval, new wardrobe, new bills to pay, and probably by the end of the season you will say, you still have nothing to wear. For the Netflix fanatics, new season means finally an explanation of how your favorite show ended, which will result in you getting confused with the plot this year, and then hating the way they ended the series.
Let’s face it, every time you go through a new season, you begin with such joy and passion at the beginning. By the middle of it you’re kind of struggling, feeling a tad confused or overwhelmed. By the end of it, you’re just glad it’s over; you can’t wait for the next season, which you believe will be better. And so the trend starts all over.
New things, new year, new school, new job. We have a tendency to tie anything that’s new with a new season. Ideally, that gives us hope, a new way of living and looking at the world, a way of letting go of old habits, old memories, and walking into the new. The problem is that in new seasons is we bring old habits and old memories which don’t make the season feel so new anymore. But you see the result we expect at the end of the season always roots itself in how it began, and what we sowed at the very beginning!
So whether you’re a parent, or you are attending Friday nights, how do we work in new seasons? Isaiah 43:19 says “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?” Ah! That verse just gave us an insight! “Do you not SEE it?” Ask yourself the legit question: Is what you’re seeing, the way God sees things in the season? There can be multiple reasons to miss out. Our vision blurs and we begin to trust ourselves; we get busy with other aims, so we get distracted. Fast forward to New Testament time to Jesus and His disciples. Jesus always saw one thing and His disciples another. The disciples saw a storm, Jesus saw peace. The disciples saw no food, Jesus saw provision. The disciples saw sin, Jesus saw forgiveness. Jesus’ mind was kingdom minded. What are your eyes seeing?
Your past seasons may have disappointed, you may see yourself as unsure how this season is going work out for you. But if for a minute you place all that aside and ask Jesus to show you the way He sees things in your life, you’re bringing the kingdom mindset into your life. Your relationships around you will change, your aims in life will change, your opinion changes.
Your senses are like wi-fi networks. The closer your device is to the signal, the faster your device picks up the signal. The closer you are to Jesus and the more time you spend with Him in this season, the faster your senses will be able to pick up His way of seeing things. One of the verses everyone knows by now, but we forget: ”Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you”.
At Turning Point, as we march towards our 3rd season, my desire and prayer is to have our senses adjusted, so we can move through the new, TOGETHER! This year, no matter how much homework, social media, mindcraft, xbox or ps4, I declare that we will not be desensitized and lose focus. But that we will have our senses adjusted, to be kingdom minded. See as our Savior sees, in this season.