“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” – Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Obviously, I’m not speaking about Christmas but the ebbs and flows of life. We all experience different seasons at different times in our lives. These seasons are what make us who we are. Some seasons are challenging and really stretch you. Other seasons are restful and a recovery time. It can be hard to appreciate the challenging seasons but they exist for a reason.
How can you appreciate the good times in your life without experiencing challenging times? How can you recognize and appreciate your dependence on God if you’re never stretched beyond your own limitations? How can you appreciate laughter and joy, if you’ve never cried and felt sorrow? Life is full of cycles.
Who can resist the circle of life? I bet you’re hearing the song playing in your mind, aren’t you?
While I appreciate both seasons, I must admit I prefer the restful seasons. They tend to be more fun and enjoyable; they’re easy. But if I’m being honest in my reflections, I grow the most and learn the most in the seasons where God challenges me and pushes me out of my comfort zone. It’s not always easy or fun but it’s worthwhile. It’s the tough times that have grown me into the person I am and have helped me grow my faith. It’s the challenges that have shown me what’s permanent and what’s temporary – what matters and what doesn’t. It’s the challenges that have allowed me to see just how deep my roots are.
Both the challenging seasons and the restful seasons are gifts from God. They’re both necessary parts given to us to grow and serve.
What type of season are you in and How can we help you? We love hearing from you! ❤