“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted” – Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
My favorite season has always been summer! Long days, warm evenings, and blue skies are just perfect for me. But seasons change and soon fall is here.
I never enjoyed fall because I dreaded the ushering in of cooler temperatures, shorter days, and…..winter on its heels. That’s right, I wouldn’t enjoy fall because of my dread of cold, bleak-looking winter!
Finally, I realized my silliness. Now, I try hard to enjoy the many facets of the fall season AND early winter: beautiful foliage, pumpkin patch, fall festivals, hot chocolate, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. (But honestly, here in the south, we are usually having a heat wave around Christmas!)
God gives nature the fours seasons to plant, nurture, harvest, and renew just as He gives us four seasons of life: birth, growth, harvest, and death. And within those major seasons are many small experiences that He gives us ( and nature)with specific timing and purpose. While we may not like the season we are in, faith in God will enable us to peacefully embrace the season, accepting His timing and purpose.
If we rebel against God’s timing, we miss out on so many precious joys. Our seasons change but God does not. HE is the same yesterday today, and forever.
Today, I pray for God to give you the strength, patience and joy needed to embrace your current season.