I hope this blog finds you not wearing white pants... Its after Labor Day people! Totally kidding but seriously.......Can anyone feel fall in the air? Can you smell the pumpkin spice and feel the brisk breeze of the seasonal change?
Being from Ohio you get the opportunity to experience every season. From the winter ice melting off of the bare trees to the green buds beginning to bloom for spring. From the green leaves from the summer turning into beautiful shades of orange, yellow and red for fall and then falling off ever so quickly to prepare for the fluffy white snow to build up on its limbs once again.
I actually enjoy the changing of the seasons but can I say that about the seasons of life?
Lets look at what the bible says about seasons.
Ecclesiastes 3 says, "To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under the 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........." This passage goes on and on. I encourage you to read the whole chapter for yourself.
You see, as humans we find ourselves gravitating to the times and seasons that feel good to us. We like the time to laugh and dance but we don't like to embrace the time to mourn or weep. We like the time to pluck up what is planted during harvest season but we aren't very fond of the time to plant and sow. We love the time to be born but we don't like the time to die. Who would?
I will tell you who..... People who trust God. People who know a God who makes everything beautiful in its time. People who know where they will spend eternity and have an eternal mindset. How did these "people" get to be this way. By embracing their season and renewing their minds to the reality of a big, loving and trustworthy God daily. In order to have the seasons we enjoy, we must embrace the seasons that we don't.
When I was going through a season of loss back to back, I found that I had forgotten Gods purpose for me and even though I don't believe God causes bad things to happen, He definitely uses it to take us from one level of faith to the next. Going through seasons of loss and tragedy is never fun but I truly believe if we embrace that season and walk through it hand and hand with our Maker, we will come out of that time better and have a greater compassion for our neighbors/friends. I don't believe that I would have known the capacity of God's love, peace and restoration power had I not went through that season of loss. Could God have shown that side of Himself to me without loss? I don't know I'm sure He could have, He is God but instead of focusing on that thought, I choose to focus on the fact He turned it around for my good just like He promised.
God never promised us a life with no trouble. John 16:33 says, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." We need to renew our mind to this.....being a follower of Christ does not excuse us from trouble. It gives us the assurance that trouble only lasts for a season and in the midst of it all we can have peace. What else do we need? Jesus is empathetic to our pain. He knows how you feel and empathizes with you. He knows what it feels like to be persecuted, despised, used, tempted, beat, abused, laughed at, misunderstood, betrayed and the list goes on and on. There is nothing that you feel that Jesus didn't. If you feel any of those things, I want you to close your eyes right now and see Jesus embracing you and saying, "My child, I know how you feel and I will not let you go. Its only a season, let me be your peace, let me be your joy, let me be your hope, let me be the healer of your heart." Just receive it right now!
Some of you may be in that season and your having a hard time seeing how good will come out of it but lets look at the trees for a moment. They understand that their leaves must turn colors and fall off in preparation for the winter but the trees don't worry about their leaves coming back. They trust their Creator with every season. I know, I know... trees don't have feelings but we can learn a lot from them. Trees simply do what they were created to do and they embrace every season they are in. They trust the process and don't worry about the future or when the next season is coming. They embrace the transitions between seasons as well and its pretty miraculous and beautiful if you ask me.
He says in Matthew 6:25 - "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?"
My friend, I encourage you today not to worry about the season that you are in. Maybe your in a sowing season financially but you want to be in the reaping season so bad. Maybe you are in a season of being single and want to be married; a season of mourning and want to be in a season of laughter, maybe things are going well for you but you live in fear that it won't last and you can't get the "worst case scenario" out of your mind. Do as Paul the apostle said and count it all JOY! Live in the NOW! Embrace your season! Trust God and let God do the work that needs to be done in you so that when your season does change, you are ready.
2 Timothy 4:2 says, " Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season.
The green leaves on the trees always return after winter. Let that be a sign to you that this season that you are in is not forever. You can have hope, joy and peace in the midst and transition of every season. Let patience have its perfect work in you and lack nothing because you are trusting God with the seasonal changes of your life.
Now go get a pumpkin spice latte and enjoy this fall weather that is approaching quickly.
- Dale Ann Ross
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