The Seasons: A Physical Reminder of God’s Faithfulness
The Bible clearly informs us in Ecclesiastes chapter 3 that there is a time for everything here on earth. That the physical happenings of nature will continually roll around each season, like God’s magnificent creation of Fall, but also that there are seasons of time for everything within our own lives. If you read through the scripture, you’ll see that many of these seasons are opposites – displaying strikingly contrasted differences to one another in the same verse, and yet the words flow so very beautifully into the next, as if there really couldn’t be an appreciation of one thing without the other.
Fall is probably my favorite time of year, particularly October, but if you look deeply at it, it is probably also the saddest – an obvious transition to an upcoming harsh Winter. The trees, plants and surrounding nature have done their job. Their prettiest time is over for a little while, no more flowers, green leafy foliage or buds renewing themselves. No, they lose their beauty with one last bang of bright, striving color, and then within days, it fades and falls away to finally bring them into the harshness of a Winter. What a glorious representation of how to pass from one season of life to another. I believe only God can physically show us that. What a blessing to see glory fade into a dormant rest for what is to come.
I must honestly admit that some days, I get wrapped up in the day itself and the happenings that seem to be all-consuming, not realizing that it is just a day – not a season. It is just a part of a greater whole of happenings that will pass and flow to the next season, like in nature when the seasons of weather, that our heavenly Father lovingly created, also pass into a new one, always with consistency. This is something we can rely on like clockwork, knowing that Summer will pass into Fall into Winter and again Spring will bloom brightly from the seemingly a cold death – what a miracle!
We, as God’s creation, can also rely on the fact that, right about when you are sick of the snow, dull skies and bitter air, yes, we can rely on the fact that God will bring about Spring again. He is faithful and so He is faithful in our own lives when we pass through a Winter. I remind myself of that often lately.
What is your season right now? Can you relate to any of the particular verses in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 below? Do you believe there is a time for everything? Perhaps you are budding into the newness of a Spring in your life, or deep in the brightest joys of Summer – full of saturated color, or perhaps you have fallen into Autumn’s rest in your life, or maybe like me, you feel like you are enduring a Winter, looking forward to Spring, having faith that it will come – knowing that God is faithful.
Please remember that every season passes, but whatever your particular season, God is abundantly in control. He and He alone is faithful to usher you into a new season. Find some rest, some peace, in knowing that – whatever your season in life right now may be and however long it may last. There’s truly a time for everything!
I urge you to read the scripture verses aloud and listen to the words with your heart and your head.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (ESV, from BibleHub)
1) For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2) a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3) a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4) a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5) a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6) a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7) a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8) a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
If you’d like a little reminder about God’s many seasons in life, click on the link below the image to download a printable graphic of these verses from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. The printed letter-size PDF would also make a great hang-on-your-fridge memory verse to study or little pass-along to a friend who might need encouragement today.