What is your favorite season? What is it about that particular season that makes it your favorite? The most beautiful sounds, sights, tastes? How does it effect your senses? For me, autumn is by far my favorite season next to winter. I love the season of winter, but in all actuality, I am a wimp when it comes to the cold. I suppose that’s from being born and raised in Arizona! But autumn, now that is my favorite. Although I don’t get to experience the changing color in the leaves living here, I do know how the crisp air feels against my skin, and how beautiful the colors are. Burgundy and orange; red and yellow. I love it! And that got me thinking about seasons; not as it relates to the weather, but rather, periods in our lives we often refer to as seasons.
Summer is rapidly coming to an end and autumn is right around the corner. My favorite time of the year is barely a breath away! Something that caught my attention is how quickly seasons actually change. Though, seasons appear to drag on, take forever, there is always a change in season just around the corner. We often go trough seasons of great joy and peace when we notice ourselves literally glowing from the inside out. Those seasons we don’t have a hard time smiling or finding joy in little things around us and we are living with such closeness and obedience to the Lord. But we also go through seasons when we are just downright depressed, discouraged and unmotivated. Having a hard time breaking out of sinful habits, finding ourselves angry, sad, or bitter more often then we would like to admit. That’s the things about seasons though; they are always changing.
I was reading through scripture and the Lord drew me to Ecclesiastes, which can be a very sad book to read in the bible. After reading through the first couple chapters, I came to Ecclesiastes 3:1-11, and wanted to share this with you today because it has brought me SO much comfort. When I am dealing with a difficult seasons in my life, which I am enduring currently, it is so encouraging to read this passage and know that God intended it for times such as these.
“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 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. What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-11.
Now I realize that this can sound depressing, but please know that it is there to be encouraging. “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Seasons change and God knows how things are going to turn out, He knows how much beauty will come from the difficulties. I know personally how hard it is to keep fighting through a tough season when it really does appear to never end. I believe that is where the saying “when it rains, it pours” started being used the most. But the truth is, even in the trials, the near unbearable seasons, Christ deserves our full attention and obedience through every season!
This summer has been a rough one, for more reasons than I wouldn’t like to mention. But I keep thinking about how much I am looking forward to the cool air, burgundy clothes, the scarves, the boots, lots of baking and warm tea, fellowship and communion, ] celebrations and so much more. A lot of these things makes me smile knowing that they are coming just around the corner, even while going through trials. I believe that we should be this way too when we go through seasons of doubt or depression or struggle. Keep our eyes fixed on Him, not looking at the seasons, but past it into the renewal and joy that Christ will indeed bring. “Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due seasons we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9.
Notice how in our weather on Earth, we go through periods during the year that we call “seasons” that don’t necessarily correlate with winter, spring, summer and autumn. We call them monsoon seasons, or hurricane season, or ever tornado season. All of which are miserable and cause us to prepare and get ready for when those times of the year arise. Those seasons are bound to happen, just like trials in our lives. Before the seasons, we should arm ourselves and allow Christ to guard our hearts in order to keep us safe. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his might power… In addition to all of this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:10-17. This is how we prepare for those seasons of difficulty, just as people do to prepare for storms.
While we are going through trials and hard seasons, keep your eyes fixed on Him and the promises He has made. “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.” Hebrews 10:36. Stay strong, persevere and remember that even when we go through the difficult seasons of life that don’t seem to ever end, they indeed will. And even through those seasons, praise and thank God because He is good in all seasons, in all circumstances. I love you all, my brothers and sisters, and I pray that this is encouraging to you.
At the beginning of this blog, I asked a few questions and I would really love to hear your answers to them! No matter what seasons you are going through, whether that be good or bad, He is in control and He does things in order to grow and bless us. We just have to hold on to the hope He has given and remain obedient to what He has called us to do. As fellow believers and children of God, I want us to be able to fellowship with one another; about each other, about Christ, about things going on in our lives. Just remember that if, like myself, you are going through a difficult seasons, know that seasons will change and there is joy coming! I am praying that whomever reads this, that the Holy Spirit softens your heart and encourages you to stay strong through the trials. Have a blessed week and i look forward to hearing your feedback and answers! God bless!