When I think of the different seasons there are, I’m reminded of a passage in Scripture that talks about them. It’s found in Genesis 8:22 and it reads, “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” (KJV)
No matter how long or short a season may last, you know which one just passed, and you know which will come next. Seasons can show up in a variety of ways.
In a Google search on the topic, I came up on this sight as a reference for the four seasons we currently experience https://www.livescience.com/25202-seasons.html.
It describes seasons as “periods of the year with distinct weather conditions and day lengths. The four seasons – winter, spring, summer, autumn – can vary significantly in characteristics and can prompt changes in the world around them.
In the Spring, seeds take root and vegetation begins to grow. The weather is warmer and often wetter. Animals wake or return from warmer climates, often with newborns. Melting snow from the previous season, along with increased rainfall, can cause flooding along waterways.
In the Summer, temperatures may increase to the hottest of the year. If they spike too high, heat waves or droughts may cause trouble for people, animals, and plants.
In the Autumn, or fall, temperatures cool again. Plants may begin to grow dormant. Animals might prepare themselves for the upcoming cold weather, storing food or traveling to warmer regions.
Winter often brings a chill. Some areas may experience snow or ice, while others see only cold rain. Animals find ways to warm themselves and may have changed their appearance to adapt.”
Think about how some of the seasons in your life have shown up, similar to the seasons above. What season would you categorize the list below? Next time you experience one of these in your life, think about the season you could be in. Know that it won’t last forever. It will soon be over and a new one will arrive.
Learn to give thanks for whatever season you might be in. And remember, a change in the way you think, feel, or perceive things or situations in your life could very well have a similar effect.
• Open doors
• Closed doors
• Grief and Loss
• Joy and Laughter
• Sewing and Reaping
• Life and Death
• Sunshine and Rain
• Seedtime and Harvest
What season are you experiencing in your life right now? What is this season bringing you? How do you feel about it? What can you learn from it to help you in moving forward and creating something different for the next season of your life?
These are just some things to ponder during any season. When the season is full of joy and reaping all sorts of goodness, there aren’t too many complaints. But when the season is full of brokenness, closed doors, and nothing “seems” to be going “right”, it’s a different story. Am I right?
It doesn’t bother you if you find a $20 bill on the ground and nobody nearby to claim it. Does it? You look around and with much thankfulness, you pick it up and put it away. But what about when you lose or misplace something of value? How does that make you feel? Not so good, huh?
These are seasons that come and go in each of our lives. It’s helpful when you can learn to take the good along with the not so good. In fact, if you have just as much thankfulness and appreciation for life altogether (and whatever comes with it), during the good and the not so good, you might see even more of the good. Something to think about. Try it and see how it goes. What you tend to focus on gets magnified.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 reads, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which 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; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.” (KJV)
These times are all seasons. Look at what is showing up in your life and how it’s showing up. How does it make you feel? What are you doing with it? These seasons are part of life. All of them.
It is my prayer for you that whatever season you find yourself in, that you are able to take it in, welcome it, and say thanks.