As our 'seasons' are changing from summer to fall, it makes me think about life and how it seems to be made up of 'seasons', one that leads into another. It isn't until we look back that we see how they fit. Often, at the time, they seem to make no sense. Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us that, 'There is a time for everything, and a 'season' for every activity under heaven;' and it goes on the list several things that there are 'seasons' for. You can even look at a life, from birth to death, in 'seasons' - spring, summer, fall & winter. To break it down even more, within the 'seasons', are 'phases'. - shorter than a 'season', but no less meaningful - sometimes even more so.
All this to say, all of us go through trials, hardships, difficulties, flat out really hard and unwanted things in our lives. We may shake our fists at God, and ask why? I think,more specifically, but not limited to, those that have endured the hardship of sexual abuse. I have endured this one myself, and I have had to deal with the fallout. I have asked God why?!!!! Now that I am older, looking back I see that God has revealed Himself in many ways through the sexual abuse. I see that this was a 'season', and even a phase in my life that God used for good - His good. You couldn't have convinced me that God would bring good out of it at the time, but our God is always faithful. The journey of restoration - I won't sugarcoat it - it was difficult. But it's the difficulties that God uses to mold & shape us. I guess I feel that I wouldn't jump at the chance to go through it all again, but I wouldn't trade what God has done in my life for anything.
These 'seasons' in our lives God will use to make us into who He wants us to be, if we will let Him. Otherwise, it's all for nothing, and what a tragedy that would be. Make the 'seasons' in your life count for Christ. Yield everything - the sweet, the ugly, all of the 'seasons and phases' that make up your life, yield it all to the Lord Jesus Christ. He will make your life something beautiful! I promise.