I am an ardent lover of the summer season. Give me ninety degrees, beautiful views of the water and I am one happy girl. Some of my favorite things are tee shirts, shorts, flip flops and pony tails. I could spend all day, everyday, just soaking up the sun. Summertime simply makes me smile. My love for this particular season is a large part of why I dream of one day living in Hawaii. I mean, summer forever, right!? Never again having to drag out the dreadful, winter clothes or my winter blues, count me in!
Now as much as I’d love to stay in the season of summer or spend forever on an Island in the Pacific, unfortunately, I live in Missouri where the weather is wildly unpredictable. Some of you may be thinking I’ve lost my mind because you prefer fall or maybe even winter, ugh. Despite our preferences, we live in a world of many seasons. Seasons of weather and seasons of life. I can escape Missouri’s crazy weather by flying to Maui, but I cannot escape the unpredictable seasons of life. Solomon put it this way in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8:
“There is an occasion for everything,
and a time for every activity under heaven:
a time to give birth 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 throw stones and a time to gather stones;
a time to embrace and a time to avoid embracing;
a time to search and a time to count as lost;
a time to keep and a time to throw away;
a time to tear and a time to sew;
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.”
Maybe you’re currently in a season of raising toddlers, or you’re now the caretaker of the ones who raised you. Maybe your season is more financially based – you’ve just landed your dream job, or were let go at your job. Perhaps, it’s an emotional season – you’ve just had a baby, or recently lost a loved one. I don’t know what your current season looks like, but as I read the words in Ecclesiastes I realize it includes anyone and everyone. We’ve all been through times that were great and times we couldn’t wait to get through. Often, the not so great times are the most difficult to endure. We tend to get stuck in those seasons, being too weary to keep moving. We wonder if this season will ever end. I know your season may be difficult right now, but it will change, as seasons always change (Gen 8:22). There’s a time for everything and joy will come in the morning (Ps. 30:5). May we not allow this tough season in life to keep us from missing the next great one.My Pastor, Beau Norman, says often, “If it’s not good, it’s not over.” (Rm. 8:28).
So let me encourage you, don’t just endure this season, but explore this season. Spend time asking God to teach you right where you’re at. What can you learn from your current situation? How can God use this for good, if not now, then later? How can this season help you show mercy and grace toward others? I have been through those hard seasons, so I’m not trying to make light of what you are going through. However, instead of trying to rush away the craziness, let’s take some time and build a snowman. Take a moment to embrace this season and learn from it, and then, God will send the next one, an even better one.