Ecclesiastes 3:1, Romans 5:3-5, Ezekiel 36:25-26
I’m sure we all have all seen the Instagram posts of #psl #itsfallyall or #bootsandscarves. I can’t help but get excited for fall! It is my favorite season for so many reasons!
I love the fresh crisp air, the leaves, pumpkin everything (had to throw that in there), bonfires, football, and the list keeps going and going.
I love new seasons and the change that it brings. It brings new life and growth. And much like the seasons of weather, we have seasons in our spiritual lives. Maybe the Lord has you in a fall season, full of color, energy, beauty and freshness. Maybe he has you in the harsh, cold, bitter, feels like it’s never going to end season of winter. Maybe he has you in the springtime, full of redemption, growth, life, and newness. Maybe you feel like you are in the scorching heat and dryness of the summer. Whatever season you are in right now, know that God wants you there, right there, and that He is teaching you something through that.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 says “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven.”
In those seasons of great joy and happiness we need to remember to give thanks to our God. We can take the blessings He has given us for granted, thinking we are deserving, or simply just being so focused on ourselves. It’s in these times we have to remember the grace He has shown us. Every day we should wake up thanking God for another opportunity to bring glory to His name.
Have you ever been caught in a giant snow storm? It creates so much chaos! Especially here in the south when 2 inches can all but shut down the entire city. It is astounding to think that something that creates so much chaos also brings so much beauty. The pure white snow glistening off the trees, untouched by tire marks and footprints is one of my favorite things about winter.
Romans 5:3-5 says “And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope.”
Sometimes we have to walk through a season of chaos to reap the harvest of our sowing.
The colors of spring after the long winter remind me of life and redemption. Maybe you are in a season of the Lord healing those dark places of your heart. Be reminded of this promise from Ezekiel 36:25-26, “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” We are not identified by our past. We are a new creation in Jesus Christ. Allow the Spirit to move in your heart as you seek and grow into a deeper relationship with Jesus.
Summer days are usually associated with all good things-pool and lake days, slushies and ice cream, vacation and free time. But maybe yours feels more like a miserable heat that you just can’t shake. Hear this promise from 1 Peter 1:7, “These have come so that your faith- of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire- may be proved genuine and may results in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” Your faith is being refined in these seasons of hard times so that you are stronger and more equipped in your faith. Remember that God is with you in the fire and he will bring you out (Daniel 3:19-28).
We can learn something from every season of life. You may not understand in the midst of that season what the Lord could be teaching you, but with each season brings growth in ways you’ve never thought.