In Matthew 4:12-17, there is a turning of seasons: “When he heard that John had been arrested, [Jesus] withdrew to Galilee, went to live in Capernaum by the Sea…[and] began to preach.” John’s life and ministry were about to come to an end–he was imprisoned for his stance for truth and would be beheaded; Jesus’s public ministry was just beginning. They were the same age, about three months apart. We all have callings and seasons, and God determines our paths, our work, and the number of our days. I think of Jesus’s later words to Peter in John 21:22: “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!”
“So teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12
“Look carefully how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:15-17
Lord, You have the right and authority to orchestrate my days and years and places for Your purposes. Give me clear understanding of your assignment for me in this season of life–and with it wholeheartedness, courage, and contentment. May I rise, go forth, and follow Thee!