“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
It’s a great time to stop and ask yourself this question; what season am I in? God created us to flourish and benefit from living life with an understanding of the changing of seasons. In the agrarian culture Jesus grew up in, not understanding the seasons meant the difference between life and death. If the farmer didn’t sow his seed at the right time he would waste his money and have no crop to feed his family or sell to pay his debts. In today’s world, ignoring seasons might not be penalized with lack of food to eat, but it can take a great toll on the amount of peace you experience in life.
Which season are you in?
- Are you in winter? This is a time when things slow down. Your soul gets the rest it needs. It’s a season of quiet. It’s a time to stop things, not to start things. A time to center your life around the people and values you cherish most.
- Are you in spring? New dreams and ideas are born here. Even old dreams find resurrection power is coming to life. Excitement is in the air.
- Are you in summer? Here is where you water and feed your soul. There is a lot of growth and lots of visible progress. It’s hot, but it’s fun!
- Are you in fall? It’s time to reap the benefits of resting in Winter, sowing in Spring and growing in Summer. It’s fruitful and a time to give thanks for all that God has done.
The Bible tells us that there is a season and a time for every matter under the sun (Ecclesiastes 3:1). If we can learn to partner with God through the seasons of life and allow those rhythms to guide us, we will live more fruitful, productive, peaceful lives. On the other hand, trying to force something out of season will not only cost you the benefits of the season you’re in, but you’ll also run the risk of botching an entire four-season cycle.
Do your current actions in life show you’re a good meteorologist? In other words, are you aware of which season you’re personally in? Do your plans, desires, dreams and expectations line up with the season God has given you to live in today? If not, what changes do you need to make today to bring your life into alignment? Here’s the promise we have for living in alignment with the seasons: “Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how” (Mark 4:27). All because his life is aligned with the seasons.
By Van Vandegriff, Family Zone Pastor