“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”
Ecclesiastes 3:1 KJV
Some people are so fraught with anxiety over the coming heat and humidity of summer that they fail to enjoy the delights of the spring. Others are so fearful of the arrival of winter that they totally miss the brilliance of fall’s exquisite color palate.
God takes responsibility for the each season of the year and in the order they make their appearance. “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” Genesis 8:22 ESV
Kristen Dalton admonishes us to … “Be aware of what season you are in and give yourself the grace to be there.” As believers we need to recognize God’s sovereignty over the seasons and his purpose for each. Creation doesn’t appear to struggle with winter moving into spring … spring into summer … summer into fall then back into winter again.
Several months ago the cherry tree in our backyard billowed into a 30-foot wide explosion of purple-colored brilliance. When that was done, the leaves turned on their breathtaking beauty to remain through the summer. But now as that tree begins to lose its leaves, it gives no indication that it is worried about the loss!
It’s already anticipating the renewal of that cycle.
There are seasons in our lives personally as well. They aren’t broken neatly into three-month increments but come and go somewhat randomly. Some seasons carry joy and last a long time. Others produce pain or confusion and can also last a long time.
Our task is to find purpose and direction in whatever season we are experiencing. Are we allowed to wish it to linger if pleasant, or stop quickly if painful? We are. Would we like lots more of the happy seasons and less tough ones? We would. But regardless of the season you are in, ask these questions.
Am I embracing God in this present time of my life? Does He have me in a place where I should be drawing closer to him for comfort, direction or teaching? Is He whispering his love for me during this time? The truth is, God is in every season of our lives and we should seek to find him in each one of them.
Don’t waste this season by wishing you were in another one.
“Then [with a deep longing] you will seek Me and require Me
[as a vital necessity] and [you will] find Me when you search for Me
with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 Amplified Bible