Ecclesiastes 3:1 “There is a time for everything, and a season for very activity under heaven.”
On December 31st, the year of 2017 ended. There will never be another year like it. It was the only one like it since the beginning of time. January 1 a new year will began, 2018. Not one of us has ever yet been a part of this new year. For some it’s a new beginning met with anticipation and excitement, perhaps with planned life or career changes. For others perhaps, the new year holds fear, anxiety or trepidation.
For me, 2017 held a tremendous change and I began a new season in my life. After serving for twelve years at America’s Keswick, nine of which were as the Intake Manager at the Colony of Mercy, I retired at the end of September. And I must admit, this was one of the most difficult things I’ve done. Leaving a ministry that I love…having become acquainted with it through having my son Daniel come through the Colony in 1998. The Colony and the many men that the LORD brought through my office will always hold a very special place in my heart. A season ends.
Change is not always easy. LORD, what’s next? It’s so hard to just take the time and be still before the LORD. I want to know in advance, what’s next? Yet, it’s not God’s way to tell us the future of what is next but rather He commands us to “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). It is far more important for me to take the time to be apart from all the business of both thought and action and spend time with my Heavenly Father. He has no desire to tell me about the next season of my journey. But He does desire that I spend time with Him, seek Him with all my heart, to pursue a deeper relationship with Him, to just relax and trust Him for whatever the next season holds.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding: In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
I am to “trust” God in all things. He already knows the new season He has chosen for me and He will reveal it in His perfect timing. Of this I have no doubt. I know His track record in my life and I know my Abba is worthy of all my trust. I am also to “lean” on Him, His wisdom, His Word. My understanding and wisdom is flawed and if I would lean on it, well, it wouldn’t turn out so well, I’m sure! I know because I have leaned on my “own understanding” in the past!
I’m also to “acknowledge Him.” Christ IS my life. I can do nothing without Him but do all things by asking Him to live His life through me. He wants to be invited into every part of my life. To not only “do” the things I can’t do but even the day to day things in my life. Trusting Him for the outcome of everything because everything in my life is His.
If I trust, lean and acknowledge then I can count on the rest of the verse “He will make your paths straight.” Abba knows the next season He has for me and I can rest in that knowledge. I have a good, good Father. So I know whatever path He has for me will be perfect.
A new season begins.
Mary Ann Kiernan
Mary Ann Kiernan is retired from the position of Intake Coordinator and Biblical Counselor at the Colony of Mercy. She and her husband John have been married 44 years, have two sons, two wonderful “daughters” and 6 amazing grandchildren. She is looking forward to what the Lord has in store for her in this next part of the journey.
Mary Ann Kiernan is retired from the position of Intake Coordinator and Biblical Counselor at the Colony of Mercy. She and her husband John have been married 44 years, have two sons, two wonderful “daughters” and 6 amazing grandchildren. She is looking forward to what the Lord has instore for her in this next part of the journey.