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, 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. Ecclesiasties 3:1-8
Just yesterday I was driving back from town and appreciating all the fall colored leaves displayed along the roadside. I usually head into the season of fall with both my feet down, kind of like a stubborn disobedient child. Now don’t get me wrong, there are things I like about fall and the other seasons as well, but by far summertime is definitely my favorite of season all.
I love everything about summer. I love the warmth of the air, the long daylight hours, playing on the beach and at the river. I also love summer vacations and having my children off school and being able go and do things and just hang out and enjoy the constant company of my loved ones.
Thinking about the changing of the seasons I am reminded that there are always similar seasons we go through in our walk with God. There are mountain top experiences which feel like summer and send us to the heights of joy. These are times of smooth sailing, where the sun is shining and the wind is refreshing. These are reflective of times we feel God’s blessing and are joyous and fruitful.
But as I’ve learned, we cannot continually thrive when in these fruitful seasons. Just as a fruit tree produces fruit in the summertime, soon its fruit is gone and it’s leaves begin to change color and fall. There will be a time of dormancy until the spring when new shoots of life will appear and what seemed like death will break forth and turn into blossoms of hope.
God uses each season in our journey for His glory. When the leaves are falling and the nights are long and the rains of winter come, one thing we can be sure of is God’s faithfulness in every season. He uses the seasons to refine us and changes. During the times of dormancy when we feel God is no longer near, he uses these quiet times to make us long for him. If it wasn’t for times of sickness, we would not appreciate good health. The same for loss and life, failure and success, brokenness and restoration, doubt and certainty.
And as I may be currently be dragging my feet heading into fall, I am asking God to renew my mind and help me to find the joy in every season because I know the times of change are ordained by Him (Genesis 1:14) and that when we learn to recognize and adapt ourselves to these ever-changing seasons, that we will learn to find joy and peace even in the dead of winter and during the heaviest of storms.
God who loves us and desires the best for us, is never content to leaves us as we are. He is using all things and all seasons to draw us closer to himself and to change us from the inside out so that we may better bear the fruit of His glorious image. Thank You Lord Jesus for Your Goodness to us! To you be the Glory, both now and forever!
And God said, “Let there be lights, in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times,and days and years Genesis 1:14
Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons . . . Daniel 2:20-21
He made the moon to mark the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down. Psalm 104:19
Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy. Acts 14:17
Even the stork in the sky knows her appointed seasons, and the dove, the swift and the thrush observe the time of their migration. But my people do not know the requirements of the Lord. Jeremiah 8:7