Some seasons come with rain – a lot of pain, suffering, and tears.
Some seasons come with sunshine – a lot of happiness, peace, and excitement.
Some seasons come with the blooming of new flowers, a new direction in life, a new beginning.
Other seasons come with the changing and falling of leaves, old things are left behind, circumstances change, an end comes.
Each season on earth is special and unique in its own way and I’m so grateful that God creatively designed each one for us to enjoy.
Sitting here thinking about the different “earthly” seasons of life makes me also think about the spiritual seasons in our lives.
Just like there are different seasons that continue to recur throughout our lives, there are also spiritual seasons that we experience.
Nothing illustrates this clearer than the passage found in Ecclesiastes 3 which talks about there being “a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” (v. 1).
Just recently I was reading through an old journal of mine, during which time I was going through a more “difficult” season. But although that particular season in my life was not the most pleasant, it was during that time that God worked on me… A LOT.
He taught me a lot about myself. He helped me overcome a few fears. He helped me find my identity in Him.
And now looking back at that time I can see how useful that season was in my life and how much that time really built me up as a person, and even more so, as God’s daughter.
Now I see why everything happened exactly the way that it did, but back then, boy… it was tough. It didn’t really make sense. And I sure didn’t “enjoy” it all that much.
Spiritual seasons are very similar, yet also very different from earthly seasons. Like earthly seasons, spiritual seasons come with their own climate and activities.
You can’t do the same thing in every season because the environment changes and sometimes it restricts you. Other times it gives you the opportunity to do things you can’t do during other seasons.
Most people don’t go swimming in the ocean in the middle of winter because that’s not the season for it. They don’t celebrate Christmas in the summer (at least not on this side of the world) because that’s what winter is for.
Similarly, it makes more sense for a person to pursue their career when they are young and are figuring out what it is that they want to do with their life. Not when they are 50 years old and halfway through their life. During each season you focus on different things such as raising your children, devoting your time to the church, going on mission trips, getting educated, etc…
The difference between earthly seasons and spiritual seasons? We know the time frame of earthly seasons. But we don’t know how long certain spiritual seasons will last. It could be a few weeks, a few months, even a few years.
But no matter what season you find yourself in right now you should stay encouraged knowing that God is using this season to shape you and prepare you for the future.
He’s using it to make you a better person.
There is a purpose behind this season in your life, whether it’s a season of rain or a season of sunshine.
You may not know the purpose at the moment, maybe one day you will, but be reassured… knowing that this is only a season.
And seasons always change.
While you are in this season there is one thing you should do: embrace it.
Don’t waste your time wishing you were in a different season than the one you currently find yourself in.
If you have extra free time put it to good use. Be involved in your church and in your community. Continue going to college and educating yourself. Travel the world. These opportunities may not come so easily further on down the road.
If you find yourself isolated from people it’s a good time to work on yourself, to build your relationship with God, to read some good Christian books that will build you up spiritually.
If you’re going through a hard season, let this be a season where you learn to trust God. Where you allow your character to be refined and spiritual growth to take place.
Even if this season seems pointless to you, it is in no way pointless to God. Keep on going. Keep your head up high and your heart pointed in the right direction. Don’t lose hope. Sometimes the winters are long and spring seems far away, but don’t worry, Spring will come.
And in the meantime you can hold on to God, who in the never-ending changes and seasons of life… NEVER changes (Heb 13:8).
He never leaves you to fend for yourself. He never “forgets” you. And with Him by your side you can handle the season you are going through in your life today – whether it’s a season of sunshine or a season or rain.
“Everything in life is temporary.
So if things are going good,
enjoy it because it won’t last forever.
And if things are going bad,
don’t worry because it won’t last forever either”
But God is EVERLASTING – so no matter what your “temporary” situation or season may be… He is with you and you always have a reason to be joyful! Be blessed! – Anna… ♥