Dearest Reader,

Finding beauty in this season is not easy, and yet we are. Perhaps it takes hard things to drive us toward beauty.

We’re no longer dulled by noise and distractions and our senses are heightened to simple beauties.

Had we not been backed into a corner by a global pause, how long would it have taken for us to realize what we’ve been missing? Would we have noticed?

The hard truth is that while we gained much we had lost more. Which is what brought us to this place.

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter in heaven” Ecclesiastes 3:1

In Ecclesiastes, Solomon said he had turned to consider wisdom, madness, and folly.

Wisdom is finding beauty in this season. 

To find beauty is to search for what we’ve been missing all along:

  • Family meals.
  • Husbands and wives turning to one another without distractions.
  • Marriages repaired.
  • Families healed.
  • Puzzles and stories read.
  • Bread baking in the oven.
  • Butterflies chased.
  • Weary bodies finding rest.
  • Churches coming together.
  • Collective prayers whispered.
  • Slowing down and noticing what we’ve been missing.

We did not intentionally set out to lose our souls to folly. 

Instead, it was a subtle, slow slide down the slippery slope of busyness. Folly is to continue chasing.

Madness, to continue in our state of frenzy.

Finding beauty in this season is slowing down so as not to miss what God has for me and you in this season.

I come from a legalistic background. To get out of my routine sends me all kinds of sideways. However, for me, finding beauty is letting go of all the things and taking hold of grace. In short, it’s holding both-and.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.”

Dearest one, where are you finding beauty in this season?

In the meantime, lean in and pay attention.

  • What is God teaching in this season?
  • How do we respond?
  • What needs to change in our hearts?
  • What needs to change in our lives?
  • Where are we seeing God in our days?
  • Where are you finding beauty?

Let me know by commenting below or sending a private email to tlmashburn@yahoo.com

Lastly, I am here to encourage you, equip you, and guide you as you redefine your wilderness.

Your Wilderness Guide,

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*Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotes are in the English Standard Version from Bible.com

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“There is no space to live well or love well, much less pursue the God who created us to be in fellowship with Him. We close the gap between what we need and what we want with more. Our spinning lives and broken hearts are empty while appearing full. We paste a smile on our face and tell anyone who asks we are okay while inside we are shattering a million different ways.” -Mornings In The Word