“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” Ecclesiastes 3:1
Suggested Reading: Ecclesiastes 3
Some people may call me crazy, but I love living in Michigan… especially this time of year. The thing I enjoy the most is the well-defined and ever changing seasons in Michigan. We have it all from hot summers on the lake to beautiful autumn woodlands to wintry days on the trails or ski slopes.
Spring is a time to once again emerge from the house and get active again. The world goes from a blanket of white to green once again. Flowers begin to grow and the trees get their leaves back again. The Robins and other songbirds return from their winter homes. The world seems restored, teeming with life promising sunny days ahead. Summer is a time to work hard and play hard. Afternoons are filled with the familiar drone of lawnmowers and the sounds of children happily playing in the yard. Outside projects and trips are planned. Many take time away from life to lay on the beautiful beaches of Lake Michigan or fish on small lakes up north. People gather together for barbecues and picnics or around campfires to enjoy good food and good conversations. Autumn is a time for getting back to school and getting back to work. The world becomes painted in gold, orange and red. Farmers begin harvesting their crops, hunters chase Whitetail bucks through the woods and the Friday night lights of football games gather people together. Shorts and tee-shirts are replaced with jeans and sweatshirts and outdoor activities begin to wind down. Winter comes in like a lion, blanketing the world in white. Snowmobilers, skiers and snowboarders rejoice to begin their outdoor activities, others hunker down under warm blanket with a cup of hot chocolate enjoying a good book or movie. The world goes barren and grey for a time.
We all have our favorite seasons in nature that we enjoy. The author of Ecclesiastes talks about the seasons of life that we experience. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” The author wants us to clearly understand that all seasons of life, good or bad, have been given to us by God at the right time for us. Each season is one stop on our journey towards our final destination of eternity with Him. Spring can be a time of new spiritual awaking, renewed energy or the beginning of a new stage of life. Summer can be a time of happiness and prosperity, a season of faithful service to God. Autumn can be a time for reaping a harvest from past faithfulness to God and experiencing His blessings. Winter for some can be a time of rest and inactivity or a time of spiritual barrenness and trial.
The seasons of nature work together as part of God’s design of creation. The seasons of our lives also work together as part of God’s perfect plan for our lives. It can be difficult for us to see the end of a joyful season of life and begin a challenging one. Instead of focusing on the past, embrace each new season and seek out what God is doing in your life during this time. God has a purpose for us in every season of life. Perhaps he is calling you to get busy doing the works He has prepared for you (Ephesians 2:10). Maybe He is calling you to restore your relationship with Him or someone else. Perhaps it is a time when you need to let go of the wheel and rest in His arms (Isaiah 40:11). Whatever the reason for the season, hold on to His past faithfulness and seek out His perfect and sovereign purpose for you today.