The weather changed this past week. The golden glimmer of bright Fall leaves was replaced by frigid temperatures and frost-tipped grass. Brrr. Although not officially recognized until December 21, winter has made its presence known.
God designed nature with different seasons. In His wisdom and love, He allowed summer and winter, fall and spring. Each season contains its own unique purpose and blessings.
The same holds true for life. We are told in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, NIV:
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
From these scriptures and the examples in nature, we can learn several truths:
Our seasons of life are ordained by God.
Psalm 31:15, NIV, says, “My times are in Your hands.” Just as the Lord orders the seasons of nature (“He made the moon to mark the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down,” Psalm 104:19, NIV); in the same way, He directs the seasons of our lives. “He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning,” it says in Daniel 2:21, NIV. Whatever season we are experiencing, the Lord is in control, and He is watching over us in the midst of it.
Each season of life is meant to bless us—and others.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV). Whatever season we are experiencing, the Lord intends to use it for good (Romans 8:28). Whether we are encountering new beginnings as in springtime, the maturing of summer, the fruit of fall, or the fading that comes in winter (so new life and experiences can begin anew in the spring), the Lord is ordering the details of our lives.
The Lord has gifts for us in each season, if we would reach out and take them. He also has gifts for others through our experiences. In the midst of it all, He desires to make us more like Jesus (Romans 8:29); if we cooperate with Him in that process, we become a blessing to others as well. As we walk through our seasons of life with the Lord, He shapes us to bless others through our experiences. We can love, comfort, encourage, and strengthen others because the Lord has done that for us.
God remains the same throughout the changing seasons of life.
Even though change remains constant in life and seasons continue to change, one thing remains the same: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8, NIV). Jesus loves us, so much that He gave His life for us. He is faithful forever in loving and caring for us (2 Timothy 2:13). The different seasons in our lives allow us to experience the diverse aspects of our Lord and to discover His great love and faithfulness in the midst of them (Psalm 57:10).
May the Lord open our eyes to see and appreciate the beauty in each season of life, and may we have great joy as we walk through each season with Him.
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