The Seasons of Life

Ecclesiastes 3:1,2 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. There is a time to be born and a time to die. There is a time to plant and a time to pull up plants. (NRSV)

Whether we like it or not, whether we would have planned it this way or not, whether we prefer the warmer weather or the cooler weather, the drier weather or the wetter weather … the seasons march inexorably on.

Spring, summer, autumn, winter … spring, summer, autumn, winter. There’s nothing we can do to change that. And if the truth be known, the contrast between, say, a summer barbeque and a winter stew is actually quite a delightful one. Of course, depending on where you live, it may not quite work that way, but you get my drift.

Sometimes though, we find ourselves in a season of life that we’d rather not be in – a difficult stretch, an uncomfortable patch. And our instinct is to fight the season as though somehow we can turn winter into summer ahead of time. But the truth is this:

Ecclesiastes 3:1,2 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. There is a time to be born and a time to die. There is a time to plant and a time to pull up plants. (NRSV) … and so on.

Sure, if you’ve broken something then set about fixing it. If you’ve made a bad choice, do what you can to turn that around. I’m not saying we should just sit there and do nothing. But at the same time, God invariably leads us into these seasons with a purpose. Sometimes we’d love to be out there planting new things, but He’s still in the process of pulling up the old ones.

Seasons are God’s idea. They always have been. Spring, summer, autumn, winter … there’s nothing we can do to change that. The sooner we get with that plan, the more we’ll find ways of enjoying the season we’re in.

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.

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