I live on an island that never dips south of 21 degrees Celsius (that’s 70 degrees for all you Americans), so trust me when I say that living in an endless summer can give you a false perception of reality. You can start feeling like you always have to be in a mental, emotional, and spiritual state to match your environment.
In life we go through changing seasons both literally and figuratively. We need our internal flowers to bloom in spring just as much as we need them to fade in autumn. Likewise, we need summers. We need the light to surround us – for our souls to experience freedom and revival! But if we need summer then we also need winter – one of the most challenging seasons both physically and spiritually.
Winter can be extremely beautiful when you picture the snow covered fields and ice skating in the park, but the cold brings death. The winter season always comes eventually, and many times we experience very dark times personally. But that’s a good thing. Every winter of my life has lead me to find something that needed to depart from my life before I was ready to bloom in Spring. We can’t run from hard times and we certainly cannot escape our winter by moving to an island; no matter how much outside may look and feel like summer, our internal season is what really affects us.
The world gets cold and people grow colder. Things come to an end. We hit lows. But that’s okay. It’s all part of the process of being human. This is how we grow. This is how we learn. This is how we better ourselves. Embrace the season that you’re in. Don’t let it get you down. Remember that the end of a season always leads to the beginning of a brand new one.
Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, wrote extensively in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 about seasons: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up 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 together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast 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 for war, and a time for peace.
Here are some important questions to ask yourself:
- Can you identify the season that you’re living in?
- Are you hearing from God in this season? What is He telling you?
- What have you learned about yourself in this season?
- What was the season that you just came out of and what did you learn?
- How’s your relationship with God and why? What can you do to improve it?
SHARE your answers in the comments section below and let’s see how our current situations can be used to help other’s who are going through the same seasons!