Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Seasons of Life

Cole and I had a lengthy, yet fun conversation yesterday about the 4 seasons.

We discussed their different temperatures and vegetations. 

We talked about the enjoyable activities each season has to offer. 

And we rated our "favorite thing" about each.

It went a little something like this: 

Winter Cold.  Snow. Dark.  No leaves.  No flowers.  Snowmen.  Sledding.  Christmas.

Spring:  Cool.  Warm.  Rainy.  Flowers.  New leaves.  Daddy's birthday.  Allie's birthday.  Cole's birthday.  Grayden's birthday.

Summer:  Hot.  Sunny.  Swimming.  Baseball.  Mommy's birthday.

Fall:  Warm.  Cool.  Leaves change color.  Leaves fall.  Pumpkins.  Hay rides.  Thanksgiving.

I don't know about you, but I quite enjoy living in a climate where I am able to experience each season.  Just as I grow tired of one season, it ends and another begins!  It's a perfectly balanced cycle...never too much nor too little of one.

Yet, while in one season it can be tempting to long for another.  Or to wish a season would be shorter or last longer.  No matter how perfectly balanced the 4 season cycle is, our sinful nature can still grow discontent.

This is especially true for me during the winter season.  The dark, cold days grow tiresome and I often wish them away and long for the warmth and sunshine of spring.  Winter activities grow dull and I am always dreaming of those seasonal activities of summer and fall that I adore. 

Similarly, we are all tempted to grow discontent in seasons of life as well.

We can long for a season to hurry up and end.
 
We can wish a season would last longer.
 
We can play the "Grass Is Always Greener" game, fueling discontented hearts.
 
And if we aren't careful, we can find reasons to grumble and complain amidst every season of life.

Or

We can embrace every season of life as God's perfect plan.

We can look for God's hand as we venture through each and exalt Him with due praise.

We can ask Him to teach us through the struggles and equip us for each trial.

We can live each season to the fullest by finding happiness in relationship with Christ.

And we can make great use of the time God's given us by seeking out ways to do good in every season of our lives.

Sounds too good to be true?
Or too impossible to attain?

For many, yes.

But for those who trust God with all their heart, with all their soul, and with all their mind it is just a matter of a right foot, then left foot way of living; leaving expectations at the foot of the cross and humbling walking each step with God.

Isn't this what we all want for our children?

That they would enjoy each day and season of life to the fullest.

That they would trust that in each season God's greatness never diminishes or fails.

That they would learn each season's lesson and grow closer and closer to Jesus because of them.

That they would not just survive a season's trial, but thrive and grow because of God's grace.

And that they would look for ways to serve Him at every turn and throughout every season.

Too many people today, both young and old, question God amidst seasons of lifeThey grow discontent with where God has them.
They covet the seasons of others.  And so they doubt God's goodness and walk away from faith in Jesus.

But living the true Christian life is recognizing that God will take us through many seasons of life..

some hard,
some easy
some painful,
some full of pleasure
some sad,
some exceedingly happy

Regardless, He makes everything beautiful in its time.
And so we are called to trust.

Let's read Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 and remember that each season is a gift from God.

"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,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.


What do workers gain from their toil?  I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 

I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.  That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God."

Join me today and let's pray that our children trust God in every season of life:

Jesus,
I pray that my children would never doubt in Your goodness.  I pray that they would trust You in each and every season of their lives. No matter how easy or difficult the season, I pray they would rest in knowing that Your timing and plans are perfect and that You will make everything beautiful in its time. 

May they resist the temptation to grow discontent in certain seasons of life.  Rather, may they lay their expectations at the foot of the cross and make the choice to walk humbly & contentently with You through each season. 

I pray they would thrive and grow in the grace of knowledge of Jesus amidst every season's trial.  And I pray that they would seek ways to serve You regardless of their circumstances.  All in all, may they be happy and do good in all the seasons of life!


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