Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.
In some states, it is very easy to discern the seasons. Growing up in Northern Michigan, there was no mistaking when the seasons changed; Fall was beautiful with the vibrant colors of the leaves and the cool, crisp air, a great time for apple cider and donuts, and before you knew it Winter would blow in with the snow! Often there was enough snow to last from December to the end of March, hopefully not April! Then came Spring which at first was a bit wet and cool but it brought such excitement for the Summer that you knew was just around the corner, but the thing I loved most was that everything was new, it was always like a fresh start, a new beginning! Summer always seemed too short, but in all reality, it lasted a good 3 months and the weather was warm, not too humid, and a great time to enjoy the amazing Lakes!
Life has its seasons too! There are seasons that are happy, seasons of loss, seasons where everything seems to be a struggle, seasons of new beginnings, seasons that bring an end to something we have held on to for too long, seasons are always changing! We all love the seasons that bring joy to our lives and we could just live there forever if given the choice, but unfortunately, we don’t have that option here on earth. Just like the seasons, Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter, God has a purpose for the seasons we face in life as well. If we allow God to teach us through all of the ups and downs of life we are more capable of being used by Him!
In 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, it says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” Some of the seasons we go through are meant for us to learn how to comfort others when they are going through the same things. God will strengthen and grow you if you allow Him to when you go through seasons that seem to be more than you can bear. God wants to show you His goodness even in the struggles of life, don’t miss out because all you see is the struggle. Allow Him to carry you through and to use this situation to better equip you to be used by Him!
One of the most important things to hang on to when you are going through various seasons of life is the fact that it is just a season! It came to pass so are you allowing it to help you become all you can be for Him? If it is a tough season; maybe you feel as though what you are going through is never going to end, you will never see the light at the end of the tunnel, you must hold on to the hope that God isn’t finished with you yet and the best is yet to come if you will just hold on and persevere! If you are in a season where you are finally enjoying life and God has blessed you then take a look around to see who you may be able to bless. It could be taking the time to take her to lunch and just listen or maybe give that single Mom a gift card to a local restaurant so they can go out for lunch. Whatever God puts on your heart to do, honor Him by showing His love today. Regardless of your season, God can use you so ask Him today to guide you into what you need to learn or how you may be able to serve Him, knowing that His best is yet to come!
Quote: “Life begins when you do” Hugh Downs