Changing of the Seasons – by Donna Miller October 9, 2017
Fall is my favorite season! How about you?
Thank God for His gift of seasons! It is God’s design for us to experience these changing seasons and recognize that time as we know it is passing by.
“LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered–how fleeting my life is.” Psalm 39:4 NLT
We don’t feel like we are in motion when we are sitting in a vehicle that is moving forward at a consistent speed over a smooth road.
Similarly, our days, weeks and months can blend one into another.
Unless something happens to slow us down, like a speed bump or a major event, much time can pass us by before we even realize it.
While some seasons last a long time and others seem to go by quickly, we can be certain the seasons will change.
Through each season, God is refining us.
To me, Winter brings a time of rest to the land.
I remember the fresh blanket of sparkling snow creating an atmosphere of peace and quiet when we lived in Michigan.
And oh the excitement!
We would find the closest hill and go sledding for hours.
But as the winter drudges on, snow gets slushy and dirty and the air literally appears to be grey.
Cabin fever sets in and dreariness can settle into our hearts.
In the mornings, it takes extra time to warm our bodies and cars in preparation for the day ahead.
Everything in us screams to return to our cozy bed so we can just sleep winter off like a bear.
There were times when I drove to work in the dark, worked all day in a windowless treatment room at the clinic, and drove back home in the dark.
We tend to associate winter with death or a period of time where we can’t hear God speak.
Spiritually we may feel numb or distant from God.
Winter can seem like the midnight hour.
But it’s in this dreary cold season that Hope was born in a manger.
He is the light that shines in the darkness. 2 Corinthians 4:6.
Spring arrives and with it comes a shower of healing rain from Heaven.
Spring feels to me like morning time, filled with fresh grace and hope.
Everything about the world feels alive and new!
The days get longer, brighter and warmer.
We want to throw open our windows and breathe in the fresh, clean air.
Speaking of clean, we feel inspired to scrub and de-clutter our lives and our homes.
Give birth to creativity.
The trees, grass and plants all sprout and bloom.
Animals come out of hibernation and have their babies in the spring when food is plentiful.
In our spiritual walks, spring can represent salvation and new birth in Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person!
Easter is celebrated and Jesus’ resurrection is the absolute cornerstone of our Christian faith.
Spring can also represent the birth of a dream from God or a new-found hunger and thirst for God.
Summer feels like noon time!
The sun is high up in the sky.
Summertime brings the blessing of longer days, vacation from school or work, and our Fourth of July celebration.
This season doesn’t always represent ease, relaxation or a slowing down in life though.
Summer can also bring some super crazy lightening or thunder storms in the afternoons, at least here in Florida.
Not to mention hurricanes!
If we are not in the middle of a spiritual battle (storm), we may feel that summer is the long ‘middle’ period, where we are walking something out.
It may be a long season of growth and joy, drinking in Jesus the way we would soak in the sun.
We may be discovering our purpose and how God wants to use us and in the process we are blooming like a garden.
But for some, summer may represent a long painful season of drought or wait.
Even so, this can be a time of great growth when we abide in Jesus and purposefully look for His blessings all around us.
Fall brings with it harvest time, Thanksgiving, the spectacular changes in nature’s colors, and our retreat indoors to create our personal cozy spaces.
In the Fall of our lives, we may find more time to pursue our dreams.
Even though we won’t ever completely understand everything, greater wisdom and understanding in Christ brings more peace and joy to our souls.
Autumn is like dusk, the cool early evening time in our lives.
It can represent accomplishment or the fulfillment of a season coming into fruition, like retirement or the raising of children.
We might also realize during this time that we need to plan for the future if we haven’t already begun to do so.
Just as the woodland creatures prepare for winter by storing food and creating hibernation space, we may begin to assess where we are in life, not just for the moment but for the future.
We realize life on earth is short and begin to embrace it more fully!
If you don’t like the season you are in, take heart. It will pass.
Every year in February, Rick and I book a getaway cabin for that October in the mountains.
Somehow, planning for it gives us something to look forward to during the long hot summer months here in Florida.
We can count on the seasons changing.
As the Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said, “The only constant is change.”
But as much as we would hate to be stuck in one season, our souls still search for that one ‘constant’ that never changes.
That constant is Jesus.
Just as the sun gives light and keeps the earth and planets from spinning out of control by it’s gravitational pull, the ‘Son’ is the “radiance of God’s glory and sustains all things by His powerful Word…” Hebrews 1:3.
Jesus Himself not only keeps us anchored to Himself by the power of His Spirit, but He also provides light unto our path (Psalm 119:105) for our future and sustains us as our true source of living water and bread (nourishment) from Heaven no matter what season we find ourselves in. (John 4:14, John 6:51)
But as the earth orbits, the hemisphere furthest away from the sun experiences less warmth and more darkness.
We too can experience this in our lives if we get out of God’s Word and turn away from His presence.
The sun never changes or moves and neither does the ‘Son’.
Hebrews 13:8 promises that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.”
Our lives are marked by the passage of time and the Holy Spirit is at work in every season to fulfill His purpose.
It is He that sets the pace as we move from one season to another.
Spiritual seasons come and go and may repeat themselves just like earthly seasons do.
God has set eternity into each of our hearts and we look with hope to Heaven.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.”
Our only true constant in life is Jesus, the anchor for our souls. (Hebrews 6:19)
As the seasons of our lives continue to change and evolve, we have this hope that as we continue to move forward, our Heavenly Father is leading us home.
What ‘season’ are you finding yourself in right now?
Are you looking forward to spending eternity with Jesus in Heaven?
How can we pray for you today?
Click here to listen to Nichole Nordeman’s beautiful song Every Season