Handling the seasons with help
I love living in a place with seasons. Here in the Carson Valley, we enjoy all four seasons. Actually, a case could be made that we have more than four seasons – these last few weeks have produced a couple of springs, a late winter and some early summer. Seasons change, change back, then change again around here. Someone once told me: if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute, it will change.
The only constant in life is change. Children grow up, parents grow older, people come and go, the economy is up and down, our favorite teams are winning and losing. We all deal with seasons in our lives, and they all have one common denominator: seasons change.
This is not new, but it still seems to catch us by surprise. We are surprised when our lives run into ups and downs. We subconsciously want all the good things to stay the same in our lives and all the bad stuff to go away. We seem to expect that people will stay the same way they were when we met them, and are shocked to learn that over time, they have learned lessons or been hurt and wounded, and these experiences changed them. We are especially shocked when that happens in our own lives.
The wisest man who ever lived, Solomon wrote these words in Ecclesiastes 3:1-4: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…”
The message is simple: there is a season, a limited amount of time, for every possible experience of life. Nothing is permanent in our temporary life except for the purposes of God. For everything else, there are temporary seasons. And like the weather: they change, and change back, and change again. There are seasons for the parts of life we enjoy and the parts we do not. There are seasons of action and inaction, seasons of growth and seasons of decline. But what remains the same is God’s purpose. He has a lesson in each season, and a reason for each experience.
So whatever season you are in today, remember two truths: this season is temporary, it will change some day, so if you are to enjoy it, enjoy it, if you are to endure it, endure it, but remember that it is not here forever. And second, this season is not without purpose. God wants to teach you something, heal you from something, encourage you or move you into action. It is not by accident you are in the season you are in, so trust that God is at work in the good times and the hard times. Because seasons change, but God never does.
Pastor Bill McCready of LifePoint Church is a member of the Carson Valley Ministers’ Association.