Hey, thanks for stopping by. I have been doing a little work/clean up on the blog and found this post from 2012 that I thought was worth reposting. I love it when the seasons change. The seasons changing are a tangible reminder that things change, and whatever it is you are going through will one day change. New seasons are ahead!
As we move from summer into fall, I am reminded that our lives consist of walking through one season after another. I find a lot of beauty and peace in knowing that seasons only last for a time and then we enter into a new one. Seasons are temporary.
That means that whatever you are going through right now, it will one day end. That is the beauty of a season, it is temporary. I like winter, but not 12 months of it, in fact I would prefer if it was only cold and snowing from the day after Thanksgiving until the day after Christmas! Yet even on the darkest, coldest, barren day of winter I always know, this will pass and spring is on it’s way!
In fact sometimes, the reason we are currently experiencing the season we are going through is because God is growing us (James 1:2-4), or evening pruning us (John 15:1-11) because he preparing us for the next season of life he has for us.
We all experience different kinds of seasons in life:
- Seasons of Pleasure and Seasons of Hardship
- Seasons of Planting and Seasons of Harvesting
- Seasons of Employment and Seasons of Unemployment
- Seasons of Saying Hello To New People In Our Lives and Seasons of Saying Goodbye to People We Have Been On the Journey With
- Seasons of Peace and Seasons of War
- Seasons of Gain and Seasons of Lose
- Seasons of Life and Seasons of Death
No matter what season you are currently experiencing in life, I think it is important for us to focus on our Savior rather than our situation. After all, He is Eternal and Seasons are temporary! I am most reminded of this in Ecclesiastes 3:1-14.
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
9 What gain has the worker from his toil? 10 I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. 12 I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; 13 also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.
14 I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him. 15 That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away.
One of the things that stick out to me is that the author of Ecclesiastes (“the Preacher”), who most scholars believe is Solomon, uses such drastic opposites to illustrate the seasons of our lives and then says, “also that everyone should eat and drink and TAKE PLEASURE in all his TOIL – this is God’s GIFT to man”.
I think this is “the Preachers” train of thought:
- All of life is a gift from God
- God has “put eternity into our hearts” – our lives our linked to eternity
- Because of God life is significant, purposeful, and enjoyable
- God makes everything beautiful in it’s time
Therefore we should treasure, enjoy, and take pleasure in the toil of our seasons of our lives. Maybe you needed to hear that today, I know I did!
Whatever you are going through today, whatever season you are walking through, take pleasure in the journey because:
Your life is a gift from God!
You life is connected to eternity!
Your life is significant, purposeful, and can be enjoyable because of who God is!
Your current season probably has more to do with what God has next for you than you realize!
What you are currently experiencing, God will one day make beautiful in his time!
On The Journey With You!