It’s nice having four seasons here in the midwest because we get a mix of everything. But I’m not going to lie, winter has always been the hardest season for me. The atmosphere is so dreary and not to mention the freezing cold. This affects not only my moods and attitude but also my relationship with Lord. In the springtime, it’s not right that I suddenly perk up and want to decide to put more effort in my relationship with God. On the other hand, I find that in the winter, there is a lot of time to stay inside and rest, contemplate, and meditate.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 is the perfect seasonal passage. It starts with, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven” (v. 1, NIV). I find myself thinking a lot about it especially when I am in a time of transition. I tend to ask a lot of “why” to God. Why must I give up or let something go? Why must I wait? Why must I mourn? However, this passage is a perfect response to those times of change. And especially in the winter when my change of schedule suddenly lessens, often times at home not doing anything, I need to remind myself that I am always in different seasons.
A dear friend of my mine once asked me what season I was in. I didn’t quite understand what she was asking, so I was about to reply that we were in the season of summer. She then told me that she believed we all have different periods in our lives that have completely changed what we were in before. The season she was in before was comfort and uncertainty about where she was at. The season that she was in at the time of our conversation was struggles and suffering.
As for me, when I think of all the seasons I’ve gone through, they never last. At some point, God will have something else planned out. One verse that comes to mind about temporary changes, specifically sufferings, is Psalm 30:5 which says, “…weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning” (NIV). And! Chapter 3 verse 4 in Ecclesiastes says this: “there is a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance” (NIV). We can say that all these times are a part of life. Well of course they are. But most importantly, they are a part of our spiritual growth and our relationship with the Lord.
When we are wondering what we are going through, we can ask the Lord what season we are in. Most likely the answer is obvious. Sometimes it takes work in finding out what it is like reading the Bible more…praying more…fasting…going to church…things that many of us are not always consistent in. And when we are in those seasons, we don’t always have to think of them as something negative. If we allow Him, God finds a way to helps us grow after that season is over.