by Paige Lord | The Life Church | Memphis, TN
Seasons change, don’t they? We thankfully live in a city that gets to see and feel the beautiful diversity of each season. I adore our Creator who made such a variety of sights and experiences in each YEAR. Seasons are God-designed and appointed, full of blessings and created by God for our good. I have found that the lessons that we learn from physical, earthly seasons can be applied to the seasons we experience in our personal lives.
This fall, I loved the transition from one season to the next in an amped-up degree via the various outlets of social media. If for some reason I was unable to venture outside, I would surely know that summer had passed and autumn had arrived by the amount of information that came across my news feed. Here are a few of the Tweets, Instagrams and updates that I have viewed (and enjoyed!) …
* Brilliant pictures of harvest sunsets, leaves changing, and foggy mornings
* People rejoicing over hoodies being zipped-up, sweater weather, and the boots -oh, the cute boots!
* Posts about football games, rivalries, “smack” talk, and victorious final scores
* Snapshots of pots of warm soup, crockpot mystery meals, and chili creations
* And my favorite, was the viral excitement over of the arrival Starbuck’s holiday beverages series. I promise I had too-numerous-to-count pictures of coffee the day the Pumpkin Spice Latte was available.
You’ve noticed it too? Or maybe you’re noticing it now that fall is ending and the Christmas season is beginning. People are just plain excited about a new season. Common and familiar events, all of which most of us have experienced, yet the reintroduction to the familiar is widely, warmly welcomed. Hey, look- we love change!
My husband and I have four, young (read busy, needy, precious) children. In this season, I find myself saying “no” to many things that used to be a “yes” in other seasons. Although that could become a frustration for me, I have had to recognize that this is not a forever season, just my “now” season. I am always quick to add that I don’t want to miss the season, not to wish it away, and to make sure that I embrace all that it has for me. Certainly I have learned that soon enough this season will be over and God will have another one planned for me. I am learning to love it- to ride the wave and cycle of it all and experience all the season has to offer. I’m also learning to rejoice when a new one has arrived.
However your season may look for you, I believe we can gain much more from it if we view the season with the same way as we view physical seasons. They will be here for a while, and then they will move on. I take great comfort in knowing that my God is not surprised at the changes that we all must go through. He knows that they are for our benefit and for our learning. He delights in walking us through these seasons, longing for us to lean into Him as the only constant in our lives. For He alone is God and He does not change, although our circumstances may.
Three things I have gleaned from the seasons-
1. Seasons for us all are God Designed–
“Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years.” Genesis 1:14
“You made the moon to mark the seasons, and the sun knows when to set.” Psalm 104:19
He planned long before us to mark off time into natural cycles. We can apply the natural to our personal lives. We are wise to recognize that our lives can be more effective if we realize the timing, patterns, and rhythm that we are in. We walk through seasons, we don’t camp out in them. Trust God’s timing in your life to accomplish whatever He is teaching you today. We are also savvy if we make decisions based on the season of today. Not yesterday’s season, not tomorrow’s.
2. Personal seasons are God Appointed–
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
Your season may not look anything like mine; my season may not look like yours. We can be confident that God has purposed our season for us. Seek God and trust him for your “now” season.
3. Seasons of faithfulness are God Blessed–
“That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.” Psalms 1:3
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
We all have a “due” season as followers of God. We will be blessed, fruitful, and prosperous if we stay planted in the season we are in. If we remain faithful, free from weariness of the time we are in, our harvest is promised to come!
I’m hoping we can apply the excitement we see when a physical seasons changes, to excitement in our own lives when circumstances shift. Remember that it is His plan, He has designed it, and there is a blessing in staying confident in His process for our lives.