Fall, Winter, Summer, and Spring. Depending on where you live you probably experience these seasons (even if it seems like one or two of them only last a week). Living in Florida all of my life, I grew up sometimes experiencing the weather of three season in one week- one day it is hot and in the 90s, two days later it’s in the 40s, and then by the end of the week it’s in the 70s. It’s safe to say that the weather keeps me on my toes and I am sure it keeps some of you on your toes as well. Well, in the same way that we experience seasons where we live- we experience seasons in our personal lives.
King Solomon was one of, if not the most, knowledgeable man in history. He thought a lot about the way life goes and in return used that wisdom to help resolve conflict and enlighten others. In Ecclesiastes 3 King Solomon talked about seasons:
“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven (verse one)… He has made everything beautiful in its time (verse eleven)”
Every single one of us experience change and transition in life. Sometimes life is exciting, full of fun, vibrant, and we feel as if we are on top of the world. However, there are times where we just want to escape and get away from the situations and circumstances that have come our way – or as King David said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.” (Psalm 55:6)
God has a plan and a purpose for our life, even if it is difficult to see it at times. In order to see His goodness throughout the difficult times, we have to understand the seasons. If we don’t understand that there are seasons in our life, we may draw the wrong conclusions of our circumstances or the reasons for them. God has us in a process only He can see from beginning to end. We are short sighted.
In tough times where health, finances, relationships, classes, or even jobs are not looking good we often begin to wonder what in the world God is doing. But God makes US beautiful through the trials and circumstances in life; it’s in the tough season that we often grow the most in Him. The reason that God takes us into seasons of struggle and hardship is not because He is mean person, it’s actually the opposite. He does so because He loves us, because He cares for us, and because He so desperately desires for us to remain close to Him.
As this summer approaches many of us will be in different seasons. Some of you may be putting the finals touches on the vacation of your dreams and some of you may be dipping your toes into a brand new job that you just landed after graduating or months of searching after not being able to find one. Others of you may be in a rougher season that you wish you could just skip over. Whether the season we are in is showing fruit or not, God is still at work. He has us in our season for a reason.
Whatever season you are in, I challenge you to something that I was recently challenged to do myself: Don’t let your season define who you are, let it remind you of whose you are.
Remember that God has a plan for you, that you are His, and that He will never give you more than you can handle with Him by your side; because “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” (Eccl. 3:11)