Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. One of the things we learn very young is that there are four seasons to every year. Each season has unique things that help us to know which season we are in. Winter has very cool temperatures and it book marks a calendar year. Spring takes over from winter with slightly warmer weather and plants that are beginning to bloom. Summer is the hottest season which is typically shared with long days and shorter nights. Fall begins the transition back to cool temperatures and we begin to see some plants preparing for the winter ahead. However, have you even noticed that on some days it seems like two seasons are colliding?
For several years now I have been living in Georgia, a state where it seems that every season has to share some time with summer. The winter will have it’s cool days, but there are also some years where temperatures reach the upper 70’s regularly all winter. The plants are still prepared for the cold days, but the temperatures would have you thinking it should be fall or spring. Sometimes in life, it will seem like we are going through two seasons at once. While we may accept this idea in regards to our weather, perhaps we should accept it more in some other area’s of our daily lives.
In Ecclesiastes 3, the first ten verses discuss that there are both good and bad seasons to life. One such thought is that there is a time for life, and a time for death. However, in my life I can honestly say that I’m seeing both seasons at once. I have seen life begin with the birth of my daughter just two months ago. In the two months since she was born though, I’ve also been a part of two funeral services for church members who have gone home to the Lord. I am convinced that there will be times in life where we will go through two season at once.
I would like to encourage you to do two things. First, take the time to know what seasons you find yourself in from time to time. Personally, I can also see where I am currently walking through both a season of frustration and a season of encouragement for the last few months. The mistake we too often make is that we will bicker and complain about the hard season so much that we miss all the blessings and joy that the the other, less difficult season is offering our lives.
Second, trust that God has every season under his control. If you will keep God in your sight while working through both seasons, He will work them both to your benefit and his glory. If you find yourself in a season of doubt, look to God to give you the confidence you need. You may just come to realize that you are also in a season of great intimacy with the Lord. While no one wants to be unsure of themselves, we would all desire to more clearly see God’s presence in our lives.
No matter what seasons you find yourself in, I pray you will see God making sense of the chaos and sharing blessings through your personal darkness.
Written by Timothy Hegerich (This article was published first @ dailysignsofhope.com)
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