Let’s talk about seasons. Do you have a favorite season that makes you smile and take a deep breath? Do you look forward to a particular season because of the fashion choices, holidays or seasonal menu options? Is there a season that you just dread every year?
I am from Alabama, so I do not know a lot about seasons. I mean I know about them, but I have never really experienced them. Here in the South Land, we have two seasons: Summer time and Christmas! Go ahead and chuckle, but I am not kidding. In fact, last Christmas, I spent the whole day outside with my dad hanging fresh Christmas wreaths on the windows. It was so warm out there that we went full on Christmas décor and even hung wreaths on the second floor windows. Bet you’ve never spent part of your Christmas Eve on the roof?!
Seasons are necessary for our planet. Our land needs time to thrive in the spring and summer and time to rest in the fall and winter. Earth must rotate in and out of seasons or else some place would always be blazing hot while other places would be constantly freezing. Also, without a change in seasons, I do not even want to think about how many mosquitoes we would have!
I believe that every season in our year comes with a give and take. As fall approaches, I will be sad to see my family patio suppers come to an end and giving up my flip flops will probably take me through a period of temporary mourning. However, I am already looking forward to my family’s annual fall mountains trip and decorating everything with pumpkins and bright fall leaves.
Seasons of Life
What about the seasons in our lives, though? Are we embracing the give and take of those changes too or are we fighting against them with all we have?
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under Heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJ
What kind of seasons have you traveled? I would assume that you have probably seen seasons of victory, seasons of fear, seasons of sickness, seasons of joy, seasons of learning and seasons of sorrow.
What do all of these seasons have in common?
They all brought about change in your life and my life. Change can be scary. It is unknown territory. It removes us from our comfort zone and forces us to refocus and reevaluate. Change can remind us that we do not have it all together. It can require us to temporarily give up our independence and rely on someone else for help. Change brings us before the Throne of God to ask for wisdom and discernment and drives us to out Bibles for comfort and peace. Change takes us out of a cruise controlled habits and causes us to be very calculated in what we do as we are getting the hang of our new circumstances.
Now can I just be completely honest? I am not a fan of change. I would be perfectly fine if nothing in my life ever changed again. Change makes me nervous. It breaks up my routine. It forces me to learn new things. Change humbles me.
However, if you and I are not changing, we are not growing. If we are not constantly allowing God to lead us into new situations and environments, how can we ever grow deeper with Him? A child can not ever expect to understand chemistry if he never leaves his second grade class room. Change is part of the molding and refining process.
But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay and You are our Potter; and all we are the work of Your hand. Isaiah 64:8
God Has a Plan
God is our Father and He knows each of His children individually. You and I may not need to experience the same kind of seasons. God knows how to draw our best out of us and He will lead us through every crazy, happy, terrifying, disgusting, hilarious, absolutely amazing thing that it takes to make us the people He has called us to be.
When I think about seasons of life, I think of Moses. From Exodus 2 through Deuteronomy 34, we find that Moses’ life transitioned through a countless number of seasons. He was a prince in Pharaoh’s household and he was a lowly slave . He tended sheep in the desert and he became the appointed deliverer for the Israelites. His calling required him to leave his family behind for a time and He witnessed God firsthand during the creation of the Ten Commandments.
What if Moses had refused to transition from season to season? What if he had been afraid of change or just tired of having to navigate a new plan? What would have happened? God would have probably chosen someone else to fulfill His plan because He gives us all a free will.
Can you imagine Moses entering Heaven and God showing him all that He had planned for Moses life if only he had been willing to move on to the next season? What a sobering thought.
Change is inevitable. I would like to challenge you and me (definitely me!) to embrace the changes that God brings into our lives. Fighting against them, ignoring them and despising them will only hold us back and rob our joy. God has something new that He wants to teach and we have something new to learn. Every season of life is a gift and it may only come around once. Do not miss it. Embrace the new things that you find in your every day life and allow God to teach you and prepare you for the next change. After all, our long term goal is to become more like Him and lead others to Him!
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