Lately I’ve spent time thinking about the seasons of life. In Ecclesiastes 3:1, we read that “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven.” The author goes on to list many examples of events for which there is an appropriate season. I would add that there is a time to move on, and a time to start something new.
That is the season that we find ourselves in as a family. First, we are moving on from one organization, and starting out with a new one. This means leaving behind some relationships (although we still have many friendships that will continue), and forming new ones. It means becoming part of a new team and a new community.
For us in our current season, it also means that Hannah is moving on and starting something new on her own. She is graduating from ICSB and heading off to Houghton College to begin life without us being a part of it every day.
It’s hard to know which of these changes is bigger. In some ways, changing organizations in Hungary seems relatively small. We will live in the same house, drive the same car, and Tricia will go to work every day at the same place she has been working for the past two years. I will have a new role and new responsibilities, and hopefully new opportunities as well. It’s a new season for all of us.
If there is a lesson in all of this, it is not to be worried or fearful of the changing of seasons. Some of the changes we are going through we anticipated; others we did not. But as Ecclesiastes says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time” (Eccl. 3:11).
Whether you are at the beginning of a new season, in the middle of one, or coming to the end of another, we pray that you will find the beauty in that which God is doing in your life.