Seasons

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As the seasons change, my thoughts drift back to spiritual seasons.  Everyone has seasons in their lives.  There are physical season, just like there are seasons in nature.  There are seasons in life; childhood, young adulthood, mid-life, and the golden years.  There is a time to be young, a time to be single, a time to marry,  time to parent.  There is a time and a season for all things.

Spiritually we walk in seasons as well.

There are times to build, times to rest, times to sow, times to reap, times to train, times to change.

The Bible speaks about seasons.  There is a season for rain (Lev. 2:13).  There is a night season (Psalm 16:7).

 Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

everything there is a season,
      A time for every purpose under heaven: 
A time to be born,
And a time to die;
      A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted; 
A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
      A time to break down,
And a time to build up; 
A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
      A time to mourn,
And a time to dance; 
A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;
      A time to embrace,
And a time to refrain from embracing; 
A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
      A time to keep,
And a time to throw away; A time to tear,
And a time to sew;
      A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak; 
 A time to love,
And a time to hate;
      A time of war,
And a time of peace. What profit has the worker from that in which he labors? I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. He has made everything beautiful in its time.

In life there are so many times we dread, detest, and simply hate the season we are in.  We are always striving for the next season; looking for the next thing. We do this spiritually as well.  Rather than recognizing that some things we encounter in life are just the season that we are in, we stop there or we try to rush through it. 

God created seasons for a reason.  There is something to learn or something to grow. 

It is easy to recognize the seasons of our lives when we look back but it’s not always easy to recognize where we are.  Consider your current season?  After seasons of sowing come seasons to water, after seasons to water come seasons to reap after seasons of reaping comes seasons when things must die down so something new can be planted.  Spring always follows winter and the sweet cool winds of autumn always follow the scorching summer heat.  Every season brings a peace of and purpose of its own.

What season are you in…

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2 thoughts on “Seasons

  1. mdean

    I’m fascinated with the point at which one season ends and another begins: the fullness of time. Like when the children of Israel stopped eating manna and began eating of the fruits of their conquered enemies.

  2. My seasons have gotten more complicated. I would title my current season the “Season of Work and Rewards.” My husband and I are working harder than ever – in building our income, preparing for the future and ministry – and we are reaping some rewards from being patient and obedient in past seasons. I like this one – the hard work is motivating and very important, and we get to see the fruit very soon!

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