A wise friend once told me that to every life there are granted seasons. A season of life might last for a little while or a long while, yet it is but a season–it will most certainly end. When I began thinking of my life in this way, it made certain “seasons” easier to bear in their difficulty and other “seasons” uniquely precious in their brevity.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
In the northeastern United States, Spring has been attempting to gain a foothold after a long, hard winter. It’s been amazing to watch the landscape struggle to shed the browns of winter for the lush greens of spring. It seems that from one day to the next, the trees burst forth with leaves and flowers bloomed in their glorious colors. A new season was upon us.
Just like the seasons of the year, the seasons of my life remind me of God’s faithfulness. When one season fades and another emerges, it reminds me that God is always there, He loves me, and His plans are perfect. And as much as I want certain seasons to end, He has a reason for each one; therefore, I need to rest in Him.
Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion, therefore I will wait for him.” (Lamentations 3:21-24)
In what season do you find yourself today? Has it been a long, hard season–a winter in your life? Or is it a season of new beginnings and beauty–a spring in your life? Perhaps you are in a season of steadiness and balance–a summer in your life. Or you sense that change is in the air and life is about to turn a corner that might be at once difficult, yet necessary–an autumn in your life.
My friend, whatever the season in which you find yourself today, God is there. Wait for Him. His great love and compassion never fail. Great is His faithfulness. Rest in Him!