Today I am thankful for the changing of seasons.
I love the changing of seasons – spring, summer, fall, winter. Fall season is my favorite, with all the beautiful color-changing trees and the smell of bonfires in the air. People’s spirits just seem to lift, making everyone happier during the fall season of just-right temperatures, crisp air, holidays around the corner, and beautiful scenery. And, of course, all seasons have their perks.
Then the fall season turns to winter…to spring…to summer…and back to the fall again.
As the fall season turns to winter, do you see the seasons changing in your own life, as well?
Our spiritual lives have seasons, as well.
During the season of fruitfulness and abundance, we feel that God is in control of our lives, blessing us; and, in turn, we are a blessing to others in our lives. We feel as though all of our prayers are being answered, things are going smoothly, and we can see the positives instead of the negatives in life. Our spirits are cheerful, and we thank God for all that He is and all that He does in our lives.
Then the happy season in our lives turns to the dreary season, and the difficulties of life become tiresome to us – financial burdens, relationship struggles, illnesses, hardships at work, people refusing to listen to us, etc.
You see, God really does have a perfect plan for each and every one of our lives…whether we realize it and embrace the idea or not.
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Through the best of our spiritual seasons and through the worst of our spiritual seasons, we are to praise God for all that He is and all that He does. We sometimes forget to thank Him when the struggles and battles in our lives arise. There is a time in life for everything, and God will help us as we take our steps, walking hand-in-hand with Him. Only God knows the plans for us, and we must trust Him…through both the good and the bad in life. God wants us to endure and persevere, never giving up. Trust Him.
Do you notice the irony between the actual weather patterns and our spiritual seasons?
The Bible tells us:
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; … – Ecclesiastes 3:1-22
He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding;.. – Daniel 2:21
He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. – Acts 1:7
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. – Galatians 6:9
He made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting. – Psalm 104:19
Today I am thankful for the changing of seasons, the changing of the weather patterns and beautiful scenery and the changing in my spiritual seasons.
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