columnBy Takura Rukwati
Seasons come and seasons go. Yesterday it was 2012 and today time has ushered us into yet another dispensation, a time named the year 2013. Everybody is happy, everybody is excited, nobody knows what is in the envelope.
Excitement is everywhere, some are feasting, some are celebrating, some are full of tears of joy and they don't know why they are crying, but they are excited.
Many across the entire globe are thanking God and their gods for keeping them alive. Storms of 2012 failed to sweep them away, a lot of folks are expressing their joy.
Today is the first day of the year 2013 after the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, it's good that we celebrate as we are living in the year of our Lord!
Most of us rush through the seasons without giving much thought to where we have been or where we are going. When we finally do look back, we wonder how time passed. We see another birthday, anniversary or a year coming and going.
There are signs that fall around the corner as evidenced by the leaves starting to turn colours and cooler weather approaching.
The change of seasons is inevitable. Although the leaves are pretty, we know that winter or summer is around the corner. We may say, "I wish I had done this or that this summer, but I didn't get it done." We often miss out on the season.
In my first article in the year 2013, allow me to share with you the wisdom I got from the man of God Prophet Makandiwa in the past years about coming out entering into new seasons.
Many people are excited by the arrivals of new years and new seasons, but yet they forget to make prior and necessary arrangements that are required by the new seasons.
There are also new seasons in our life and God doesn't shelter us from change. He uses it to prepare us for new seasons of opportunity and service. New seasons and experiences stretch us beyond our current comfort zones. Sometimes - maybe far too often - we rush right through the signs of the seasons and miss out on the things that God is trying to point out to us.
This is sad because we have so much potential in all our lives. Productive seasons don't just happen automatically.
We must prepare for a new season! The way how we start our seasons determines the way we finish.
Reading from Joshua 1v 1-12, we can see a man who experienced many productive seasons in his life when he was Moses' aide, but after the death of Moses, he was placed in an entirely new season of productivity.
The man was instructed by God to change everything about himself. He had to be strong and bold enough to confront a new season. What he used to do to sustain himself in the past had to be improved and probably doubled.
The required strength differed from the strength of yesterday. The challenges of 2013 might be totally different from the challenges of 2012.
There is a need of a new vision for a new season. Joshua already knew that he was going to become Moses' successor. He had to make necessary preparations for 40 years before the death of his Master.
Today, nobody is being taken by surprise being in the year 2013, we all knew that 2012 was coming to an end.
What is involved in preparing for a new season? One has to get hold and stick on the promises of God! What is the word of God saying about your life? Do you submit to a prophet who can help you cross over your Red Sea into your Canaan?
In order for you to be able to confront the unknown, entering into your new season you need a prophet who has been in your future.
Joshua had been told by his father Moses and was actually commissioned for the new season. May I pose to you this question today? Who is your prophet? Who is that man or woman who is ready to carry you over your Red Sea into your 2013 Canaan?
An individual, a family, even a nation requires a man who has been there spiritually in order for the people to enter into their intended new seasons and destinies.
May this 2013 be a good year for families, industries, our leaders and even our nation as a whole, that's the prayer of the man of God prophet Makandiwa.
Do you have goals set aside for this coming season? You can't celebrate what you have never planned for. May I take this opportunity to speak to my fellow brethren in the Christian community to plan ahead of time and to plan in line with the Word of God.
It's a season we should work for the Lord together not for the devil. A season to uphold Christian values and principles. Lets respect the prophetic by respecting the prophets.
The UFIC community, wishes the whole nation of Zimbabwe a prosperous 2013 decorated with the love and peace of God.