I saw this picture and immediately thought, isn’t this how things are at times: everything happens at once, runs together, and there’s no break. We have a four letter word for it – LIFE.
There could be: health issues, relationship issues, work issues, home issues, wayward children, school issues, dependencies, financial issues, and the list could go on with things life seems to bring. Sometimes they come in groups not just alone.
“He changes the times and seasons,” Dn. 2:21a
Depending on where you live you may experience drastic changes in seasons, while others may not experience much of a change. For today the seasons I’m referring to are not related to the weather, but to life and the events and circumstances we find ourselves in. We may find ourselves in a hard season by our own doing, and other times by things outside of our control.
Either way it is God that controls the seasons, and how long we remain in them.
Having grown up in the Midwest I’ve heard, “It’s best to have a cold winter to kill everything off” meaning any illness in the air. However, it is no fun when temperatures get below zero, and your nose sticks together when you breathe, pipes freeze, and the snow is so hard it crunches underneath your feet like broken glass when you walk. Even your breath seems to freeze in mid-air, and you are bundled up so tight that you can hardly move. Some of you that have experienced extreme weather are shaking your heads in agreement right now.
But what about when life gets into the winter stage? Extreme situations have moved in that cause our breath to freeze with worry, and fear. Our eyes are wrapped up tightly in the situation at hand, our hearts crunch with each beat that our future is doomed. A blizzard has swept in and right now it prevents us from seeing past the current.
In my life’s current situation I can certainly find a reason to put myself in the lower left corner, the darkest of blue, the dead of winter, where everything is at a standstill. There is no glimpse of summer, let alone spring, or any vibrancy of fall. Yet, I am reminded by Daniel.
“He changes the times and seasons.” Dn. 2:21a HCSB.
The first picture tells me, even if I was in the lower left corner of winter, the next season is coming, and on the way the green of spring may get sprinkled in, until He places me in the summer season. Jesus himself says,
“In this world you will continue to experience difficulties.” Jn. 16:33 MSG
As far as the winter months killing everything off perhaps, as Beth Moore said in her study, Daniel, Lives of Integrity, Words of Prophesy, “maybe God, was doing a new thing and I just hadn’t taken the time to receive it” (39).
Whatever season you find yourself in may we take the time to receive it, and dress it up. If it’s winter to build a snowman with our circumstances “put a corn cob pipe and button nose on him, and be a jolly, happy, soul.” Frosty the Snowman, Walter E. Rollins.
If its spring may we pick the flowers in bloom, put them in a vase, and celebrate the beauty it brings.
“sing a new song to the LORD! Let the whole earth sing to the LORD!” Ps. 96:1 NLT.
When we move into the bliss of summer, during the warmth of the heat may our feet race to the beach, apply our sunscreen, and remind ourselves there is no better SPF than the Lord.
“For the LORD God is our sun and shield. He gives us grace and glory.” Ps 84:11a NLT.
During the fall as the hand of God directs our lives we may find some things are falling and changing. The scenery around us erupts with vibrant colors of gold, oranges, reds, and yellows remind us,
“The basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created” Ro. 1:19b-20a MSG.
With the air filled with the smell of fall spices, may we carve out time to be with Him, for he says:
“You know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.” Mt. 6:32-33 MSG.
Let us not just carve out our pumpkins, squash, turkeys, and ham, but also carve out time to be alone with our Maker. This will carry us into the season that always follows fall. Whatever season of life you may be in, embrace where you are now. As hard as that might be He says,
“I will never fail you. I will never abandon you. So we can say with confidence, ‘The LORD is my helper, so I will have no fear. May God, who puts all things together,
make all things whole. He controls the course of world events,” Heb. 13:5-6a, 20a & Dn. 2:21a MSG/NLT.
I don’t know how long each season will last, but I do know who’s in control. Do you?
©Gentle Whisper Ministries 2016 re-post from 2014
pictures from jewishfolksongs.com, mmirsvsky, allbackgrounds