Can you believe it is already September? This year has gone so quickly! Pumpkin fans are rejoicing as pumpkin everything is already showing up in stores and coffee shops. Summer will soon be over, and autumn will be here before we know it. As beautiful as the colors of fall are, I find myself already mourning the departure of summer. Seasons come and go, and I am definitely more fond of some than I am of others.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 provides the perfect comparison of the seasons on earth to the different phases or seasons we go through in life. It says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: 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 tear down and a time to build, 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, 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.”
We all go through different seasons in life. Some seasons are more enjoyable, more pleasant than others. There are some seasons that are so easy, so smooth, and in those seasons, we may feel incredibly blessed. There are seasons in which everything goes just the way we hoped it would.
There are also seasons that seem long and dreary, merely because they are marked by their uneventfulness. In these seasons, we might feel unproductive, under-utilized, or maybe we’re just not where we would like to be.
And then…there are the seasons that are miserable. Nothing goes right, and we hope and pray that those seasons end quickly.
In the midst of our seasons, we need to remember to keep our eyes on the Season Giver. In our seasons of blessing, we need to be thankful and praise the Source of the blessings. In our dreary and slow seasons, we need to adopt the perspective of rest. Instead of becoming impatient because things are not happening when we think they should, we can be at rest. In our unpleasant seasons, we need to draw closer to God, rely on Him for strength, and give thanks no matter what our circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
What season are you in? What is your attitude toward the season? What is your response to the season?