We tend to refer to different parts of our lives as seasons, linking them to our natural weather seasons. We experience different seasons in our faith, relationships, and as we age. Winter is used to describe experiences that are barren, challenging, or related to dying. Spring represents youth, new life, and growth. Summer is the warm, satisfying, and joyful parts of life. Autumn connotes maturity, decline, and the end of the sweetness of summer.
These descriptions make the spring and summer seasons seem the most desirable. No one wants to experience decline or death. We all yearn for newness, warmth, and joy. And yet, even the Bible tells us that remaining in one season indefinitely is impossible. Ecclesiastes 3 informs us that there’s a time for everything and a season for every experience. There’s a season for birth and a season for death. A season for joy and a season for mourning. A season of keeping and a season of releasing. A season of laughter and a season of crying.
Ecclesiastes indicates that it’s natural to experience highs and lows, joys and sorrows. While we don’t desire to experience the more negative parts of life, it can be comforting to know that these seasons are normal, they come to all of us, and God is with us through every one. God alone knows what we’ll face throughout our lifetimes and can guide us through even the most challenging of circumstances.
We may have a tendency to thank God for our positive experiences but then act like he’s abandoned us when we enter a darker season. God does not delight in our hardships, he allows them and is prepared to walk through them with us. Because God is omniscient, when he created us, he saw our whole lives stretched out before us. He can see the bumps in our roads, and I believe that he makes holy provisions for us when we’re experiencing a struggle. It’s our job to look for them.
This isn’t a case of seeing the world through rose-colored glasses. It’s choosing to believe that God won’t fail us and asking him to show us the good that can come from our difficult circumstances. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28 NIV, emphasis mine). If we’ll seek God’s wisdom especially in trying times, we can redeem the time and deepen our relationship with him.
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