Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Seasons of Life

This picture was taken this morning. The interesting thing is that most of the snow had melted a couple of days ago. Things were looking like spring in MN, then I got up and saw this! However, I love the change of seasons because it reminds me of the many spiritual seasons that a believer has in their life.
Spring blossoms as a season of anticipation and new beginnings. It could be considered a season of spiritual growth. Then Summer’s warmth brings relaxation and excitement. You’re excited about all the blessings that God has given you and all that He has taught you. Fall breezes in and things may not be as exciting. You notice that you’re not doing the things that you were previously doing. Your morning quiet times don’t seem the same. The Lord may not seem as close and it may be harder for you to hear from Him. Then the coldness of Winter brings many bitter trials. It may be so hard to bear them that you just want to hibernate until it’s all over. On the contrary, this season can be a time to reflect on the God that has taught you about Himself in the Spring, gave you many blessings in the Summer, and caused you to seek hard after Him in the Fall. If you keep your focus on Him, winter can actually be the season when you see Him more clearly and draw near to Him more closely. So, if it wasn’t for winter, I don’t think we could truly appreciate the other seasons. May the Lord give us a heart of contentment and gratitude in whatever season we are in (physically or spiritually).

The seasons will always change, but our God will never change!
(Heb. 13:8)

1For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace…11He has made everything beautiful in its time… Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, 11a

1 comment:

Steph said...

Man! Can I just tell you how happy I am that you have a blog?!
What a beautiful post!