The Changing of Seasons

I have the privilege of serving with Embrace Grace 6 semesters.   And I must say I am blown away by the way God provides and meets EVERY need each semester.  We are now in semester 9 of Embrace Grace.  That means Embrace Grace is working on its 5th year of ministry!

With each passing year I am starting to think that they are going by too fast.  I could not wait for time to hurry up as a little girl.  My favorite season is and will always be fall.  Why?  I love the cooler weather.  I love watching the tree leaves change colors and fall off.  Some that knew me when I was younger might say it was because I am a nerd and was the kid that actually could not wait for school to start, lol.

But for me it was about entering into a new season, a new school year.  A new beginning and maybe, just maybe this new season would be better than the last.  I didn’t grow up in church, so the idea of God never really entered my mind a lot.  I knew that there was a God because we prayed at Christmas and Thanksgiving.  My thinking was a thought that once I was older and was ready for a family I would figure all that God stuff out.

Little did I know that my family would start at the age of 17.  I was single, pregnant and scared.  I tried to control or steer a lot of things in my life then, but this one I knew in my heart of hearts was not one that I could do without help.  I cried out to God and He answered with a resounding joyful noise.   Reflecting back now, it is like God knew in my mind that I would figure Him out once I had started my family and He was like okay let’s start a family.  He wanted to be known!!  He had already painted a love story for me.  The challenge was now just getting me to believe it.

Believe it or not, God was ready to do a NEW thing in me.  All I had to do was ask. 

“See I am doing a new thing, now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”  {Isaiah 43:19}

I didn’t trust easily then (I find that it is still challenging).  It is something God has healed, but He continues to “teach” me on the subject.  But in order for God to do a NEW “thing” I had to trust.  I had to let go of that steering wheel and let Him drive for a while.  After several seasons with God, I can say now that I am ready and willing to give up my wasteland so God can do His NEW thing.  I guarantee you that God’s “thing” is way better than any “thing” I have or ever will do in any season of my life.

Knowing God now, fall is still my favorite season.  These Embrace Grace girls God wants to pour out His love on them and it is beautiful to watch.  You literally get to watch the seasons of their lives change right before your eyes.  You see God doesn’t want you to come all pretty and cleaned up to Him.  He wants YOU just as you are.  He wants you with all your brokenness, with the new life inside of you, with all your baby daddy problems, with all of your “what ifs?” and “I cant’s!” and with all your high school drama.  He needs to have you in a season of saying just take it all.  Take all of me.  Then He will do the work.  It is literally a season of falling into His arms, His presence and His grace that He wants for you.   It might be hard and painful or it might be one of the most freeing things you have ever done.  But God will see you thru and in a few seasons it will be spring.  And when spring comes around, well let’s just say….God shows up and shows off His majesty.

Written by April Franks

 

5 thoughts on “The Changing of Seasons

  1. April, I love what you wrote. You are so transparent and precious to me and to God. You light up a room with your smile and grace & I loved reading this it gave me goosebumps! You are a fabulous example of God’s pure grace in any situation. You are so strong and brave to write and post your experiences and I know God is speaking over all the girls, through you. Your story is one of bravery and dignity and the best is truly yet to come! I am blessed to know you and to call you friend! I love all the analogies and I LOVE fall. I love it so much! Love you!!!!

  2. April,
    Such a beautiful picture you have painted with your words. The seasons, the fall, your story, the girls, its all so relative and picture perfect! Love you so much and love the new “things” He has in store!!! So excited to see them all unfold!!!

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