Seasons of Change
Have you ever had a day or a week or a month when it seemed nothing about life was going right for you, and everything that could go wrong was going wrong and you didn’t know how to get it turned around? You don’t know why things started going wrong, but they did, and now they have been going wrong for so long, you wonder what it would be like to actually have a good day. Well, you are not alone. Times like these have come into the lives of men since the beginning of time. I love what Solomon wrote about life in Ecclesiastes chapter three. His take on life as described in these scriptures has bolstered my faith many times during the past two years. [Ecclesiastes 3:1-8] “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck what 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; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to gain, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, 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.”
Solomon is telling us in these verses of scripture, there is a season for all things. We often don’t think of changes in our life in the same terms as we do seasons of the year, but the things we undergo in life are seasons nevertheless. We know the seasons of the year change every three calendar months and they do so with such regularity that we can mark the day the new season arrives on the calendar. The year is divided into Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter, and with the changing of the season each season brings its own weather pattern. I have also found it ironic that the new year starts shortly after winter arrives, and by this time of the year everything that had life in it appears to be dead. When trying times come our way, and they do to everyone just like the seasons of the year, we are sometimes befuddled because of the change that is taking place, but we shouldn’t be. If we study the seasonal changes we would soon recognize that near the end of a particular season a change occurs between the end of the one and the beginning of another. If we understood as Solomon wrote, “To everything there is a season,” we would look forward to the end of our problem the same way we look forward to the end of winter. Just before spring arrives everything appears to be as dead as it can get, but that is only what we see taking place above ground. What we see with our natural eyes is not all that is happening. Below ground and out of our sight, that dead thing is beginning to draw sustenance from the soil and new life begins to flow throughout the plant until it reaches the highest leaf on the highest branch of the plant. Everything in the natural realm mirrors the things of the spiritual, and if we learn anything from the natural realm it should be that everything come to pass, it doesn’t come to stay. Seasons come and seasons go, so if we will prepare ourselves for the changing season we will undergo in life, we would learn to enjoy the troubled times as much as we do the good times. If we understood it takes the dog days of summer to produce growth in the crops we planted and to bring about harvest time, we would understand it takes troubling times in the life of man to produce growth in the human being and bring about our harvest time. Though trouble like the hot days of summer is difficult to endure, they both serve a purpose and when the hard and difficult times end, we will reap the harvest if we do not give up. This is how God prepares His children for glory, and this is how God prepares the crops for harvesting. Everything in life has a time and a season of difficulty that must be endured, and those things that endure the times of difficulty will reap an abundant harvest.
The winter season makes us appreciate the other three seasons of the year just that much more. The hard times in life we struggle through should make us appreciate the good times, but we couldn’t say we were having good times if we didn’t know what bad times were. So even the bad times serve a purpose to the observant person. My favorite time of the year is the spring and fall seasons. They are not too hot, nor are they too cold, they are just right to my thinking. I have learned as I have grown older to tolerate the heat of summer and the cold of winter, but I prefer the more moderate temperatures of spring and fall. There is something special about all the seasons, but the rains of spring and the beauty of the fall agree with my personality. I have learned the rains of spring brings new life to the earth, the heat of summer brings seasonal growth, the fall produces the most beautiful colors of the year and the snowfall of winter replenishes our water levels. So all the seasons are necessary and each has it own special beauty, but most importantly, all the seasons serve a purpose to meet the needs of man. So I have learned, we may as well enjoy the seasonal changes in life, they are coming and there is nothing we can do to prevent them from coming. Many of us have personally experienced this next thought; “Some of life’s worst storms last longer than expected, but they don’t come to stay, they come to pass and they all have an end.” It is what we do during these times of change that makes us a stronger person. Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes there is a beginning and an end to all things. So just because things are not going too well in our life right now, doesn’t mean they are going to stay that way forever. There is new life ready to spring forth bringing about change just as the freshly planted seed is waiting to burst forth through the surface of the soil. So we as Christians must learn to expect change because change is occurring all around us, and there will be more seasonal changes following upon the heels of this present season, and there will be another and another, until time as we know it, ends. DThrash