Seasons

Do you look forward to the start of a new season? I’m talking about in the natural. Weather changing, calendar types of seasons. I know I sure do. After a long cold winter who doesn’t look for those first signs of spring? Or, after a long hot summer I love it when we can turn off the a/c and throw the windows open. And it’s even better when we have to close them at night because it’s getting chilly! Ahhh. I so love the fall!

Here in parts of the southeast we have been waiting for that elusive fall weather to settle in to stay.  I have to say, we have had some gorgeous fall-like days. But then, interspersed between them, we have also gone back to that, are you sure it’s not July, cause its mid to high 80’s, and way too hot and sticky for October kind of weather! It’s on days like those that we can especially long for the change in season, and wonder when will ever it come.  

Our seasons of life with the Lord can be like that sometimes too. We have those seasons in our lives where everything is going along really well. We tend to like it that way and would love for everything to stay just the way it is. Or we can have those seasons where nothing seems to go right, you just can’t seem to hear from God where He wants you to go from here, and you are so ready for a new season.

Both types of seasons have something in common. They both will eventually change. Like one country song says “life’s about changes, nothing ever stays the same”. And really, that’s a good thing. As much as there can be times we think we would like things to stay the same, if they did it would get really boring. If things were always the same we wouldn’t change, and we wouldn’t grow. We’d become stagnant. Perhaps we would even spend less time with the Lord, thinking we didn’t need Him right then. No matter what season we are in, every season of our lives has something to teach us if we are willing to learn.

James 5:7 says “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.” Farmers know that when they plant the seed in the soil, they won’t be able to see what’s going on underground. They have to patiently wait for it to grow and poke up out of the dirt.  So too, the Lord has planted things in us that will appear in due season. It may be that in those hard seasons where we think nothing is happening, that is when the Lord is using our circumstances to work out those things in our lives to perfection.

Each season has its appointed time, and as Ecclesiastes 3 reminds us there is “a time for every purpose under heaven”. In our natural selves, we would love for each season to be good. Everyone happy, no strife, no stress, always knowing where we are headed next in life, all’s right with the world kind of things. Yet as long as we are in these earthly bodies that is not the way life goes in this world. 

Ecclesiastes does not tell us there is a time to laugh and only laugh, or a time to dance and only dance. No, along with the laughing and dancing are also times we may have to weep or to mourn. Matthew 5:45 tells us the Lord sends rain on the just and the unjust. Just because we may be Christians doesn’t mean we totally escape from pain or sorrow.

After saying all that, here’s the good news. In John 16:33 Jesus tells us “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Yes, we may have troubles but we can have peace through Jesus. He’s already overcome everything we may go through. In John 15:11 Jesus tells us His joy can remain in us.  “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” We can have His joy even in the midst of our troubles. 

If you are in one of those seasons that seems to be never-ending, take heart! It will change. You never know the exact day everything can turn around for you. Your victory may be right around the corner! A couple days ago when I started this blog it was hot and humid, and honestly I was wondering if it would ever end. The a/c was on, the windows and the blinds were closed and it still felt hot. Then, within a day or two the humidity was down, the temps were down, the windows were open and I even comfortably wore long pants! Suddenly, the season changed! Maybe when you least expect it, yours will too!

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