Today's blog is about change and the seasons of life that we go through. As you look outside, you can see we just went through a change of season, summer to fall. It is unstoppable, unchangeable, and so powerful because it is God-ordained. Some of us, may not like this particular season change but our turn is coming back. The shorter days, the cooler temps, the foliage dying, and heavier clothes are some of my own reasons I have an aversion to fall. Others may love fall for those very same reasons.
Matthew Henry says "these verses show us that we live in a world of changes, that the several events of time, and conditions of human life, are vastly different from one another, and yet occur promiscuously, and we are continually passing and re-passing between them, as in the revolutions of every day and every year . Every change concerning us, with the time and season of it, is unalterably fixed and determined by a supreme power; and we must take things as they come, for it is not in our power to change what is appointed for us."
There are also seasons of our life because life is not all good or all bad. There are transition times to learn and grow from. Did you notice that it doesn’t just say that there is a time for good and a time for bad? It also says there is a purpose! So, what season are you in? Is it a time to prosper or a time to want? Is it a time for sickness or for healing? Knowing the answers to these types of questions can be important to knowing what you might expect from each day. I don’t know about you but knowing that there is a reason for something means there is hope. No matter how hard something may be, knowing there is a purpose for it makes it a little easier to swallow.
"It is easy to give into the taunts of the enemy and believe that a season of hardship will last forever. It is hard is to look deep within yourself to find what the purpose may be. Finding an ounce of joy amongst the sorrow is what will hold you together on your darkest days.
Where do you find that joy? Look within the promises that are in God’s Word. Read the words, pray the words and seek God through them. In doing these things, God will show you how to face the obstacles that lay within your current season." [J. Cannon]
As for myself, I have sowed the seeds of sorrow over the past year, but now I am reaping joyous rewards. This year was like a mini-season in my life.
If I had to break my life down into 4 seasons, they would be: Season 1 [age 0-5]= where my life was all that it should be, without concern, Season 2 [age 6-16]= where my life was entrusted to God and physical, health trials tested my faith, Season 3 [age 17-29]= where my life was my own and God took second place to my worldly desires, Season 4 [age 30- present 48]= where my life desires were fulfilled by putting God first and above all.
When we look at others, we must not be too quick to judge them because we don't know their struggles or the season they are in. Remember, the valleys are right up next to the mountains and the trek of life is always changing. Give grace, because if you haven't been where someone is already then you may be soon. Young or old, sick or healthy, lost or forgiven... we can all relate to each other and still obey the commandment to 'love one another' in every season of life.
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