As we look out and see the leaves gone from the trees and only a small remnant of the once pretty fall colors, I am reminded that another season has come and gone; the heat of summer…… strawberry picking….. flip flops and shorts weather has left us till next year……
I would look a little odd in January in the Midwest if I am still wearing flip flops and shorts, people would stare at me and probably wonder what country I came from and probably scorn and laugh under their breath.
Well that is sometimes how un-prepared we are for entering into different seasons, not just weather wise but seasons of life as well.
What came to me was the word “unpreparedness” to describe where we may find ourselves today?
We find ourselves un-prepared for the next season coming up, we may not have the right clothes….. winter coats….. hats….. gloves……. we may hate winter……. we may despise the cold and snow, etc.etc.
And the cycle begins…we begin to compare ourselves to others, and all of a sudden we find ourselves “un-happy” and “unsettled”.
There are two things for certain; we cannot capture our favorite season forever and secondly that….change will inevitably come…….we have NO control over it!
In Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (New International Version) it reads….
A Time for Everything
1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
There is a time for Everything
I know that the word “CHANGE” can send chills up our spines, we for the most part like things predictable….. familiar….. routine……… even boring……yes boring is good…….. believe me boring is GOOD
So If we could learn to identify the season we are in the quicker the adjustments can be made and life as we know it can return to “normal” making the transition from summer to fall to winter much easier.
Some of you may find yourselves in a different season right now:
As a parent? Maybe facing the Empty Nest?
In your marriage? Maybe you feel you are at an impass, things that worked before are not working now?
With your parents or siblings? Being misunderstood?
Perhaps even in your job? Time to make a change perhaps?
Etc, etc, etc.
Daniel 2:21 (New International Version)
21 He changes times and seasons: He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.
Take heart– A Different season can mean:
- a time to get prepared
- Forge thru new challenges,
- New doors of opportunities