Monday, March 12, 2012

For everything there is a season...

The other day I was talking to my daughter about changes in our life. Young people can never look through the eyes of an older person because they are not in the same season. Older people find it difficult to understand the young because they are from a different season.

It's very important for us to know what season we are in. I'm not referring to winter, summer, spring or fall. As Christians we go through many seasons of our life as well. If you do not recognize what season you are in, you might hurry to get ahead of it. It's a useless waste of energy to try to get ahead of the Lord.

You see, He directs the seasons in which we live. As a new mom I was excited to see how fast my children could walk or talk. Then, I wished they would remain babies for a little longer.

Preschoolers can't wait to go to school until they find out what it means. Later, children can't wait to be teenagers. Teens wish for the time of their independence only to find that after the time of independence, they still need help.

Growing older is still the same. Young moms can't wait for school to begin. It seems like they are stuck in diaper land forever. Then, without realizing where the time has gone...they are watching college kids turn into married adults.

Throughout life we often go through growing stages and times of hardships as well. Yet, those times need not be hurried. The Lord's timing is seldom ours. What we search for is an end to the trials of whatever season we are in. Yet, we sometimes fail to see the wonderful experiences along the way.

I wonder if the Israelite s ever talked about their times in the desert with any wonder? I suspect they did relish the end of the forty years. However, I wouldn't be surprised to find some longing for 'the good olde days'.

The bible says there is nothing new under the sun. The seasons we go through may seem new to us with new technology spicing things in a different way. Yet, God is not surprised at any of this. His plan is to bring us through all seasons and help us to not depend on anything except Him.

When I find I am going around and around the same thing, its usually because I haven't learned the lesson God lay before me yet. Those seasons of our life that seem like a desert might be the place where grow in patience. That patience may help us grow in endurance. The next season might have many trials yet we might not be bothered as much because of the experience we had. As we learn to respond God's way in each season of our life, the stress of tomorrow does not seem so hard to take.

What season of your life are you in today? Is it a season of plenty? Then, it is time to be a giver and be wise with God has blessed you with. Are you in a season of want? Perhaps it is time to be creative with what you have and learn thankfulness. Are you in a season of mourning? God wants you to feel His comfort.

One thing is absolute with those who trust in the Lord. Joy is never lost depending on what season we are in. The joy of the Lord is our strength.

Focus on Him in whatever season. Never focus on the problem, consider that as just a building block to your character. We have a choice when going through all of the seasons of life. We can choose to be bitter, or we can choose to allow God to make us better as He walks us through it.

As we think of seasons, I think of the word 'seasonings'. My life has been spiced by the circumstances and people in my life. I do not thank God for illness or bad things that He did not give. Yet, I than Him for allowing me to grow as I walked through the season. Through each storm, and as I climbed each mountain...I will yet praise Him.

Ecclesiastes 3:8

“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.”

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