The seasons are a dynamic, God-ordained feature and pattern of life on earth. It is exactly how God the Creator set up our world. He could have made everything uniform – temperature, precipitation, climate. But He set in motion a world that has dramatic climate changes throughout the year and around the world. And He said, “This is good.” (7 times in Genesis 1,2).
I have lived in four states in the United States (Ohio, Missouri, Iowa, and Michigan) and in each one I enjoyed all four seasons. Every season has its beauty and its challenges.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 reminds us that there is a season for everything and every season has its purpose. These ups and downs of life are not random but have a purpose behind it. And everything is beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
Every aspect of our lives is governed by the ebb and flow of seasons. Just as there are seasons of nature, there are seasons in just about every aspect of our life. There is a purpose for every season.
10 Laws of the Seasons of Life (The Seasons of God by Richard Blackaby):
- Each of us experiences repeated cycles in life that are profoundly mirrored in the seasons we see in nature.
- These seasons are more than simply a metaphor for aging.
- Each season is unique and adds important dimensions to life.
- Our seasons follow a set order.
- Our seasons vary in length and intensity – and in what they require from us. The same season that can bring delight to some can be lethal to others.
- The way we handle one season profoundly impacts how we experience the seasons that follow.
- We can – and often do – fail to recognize and understand our particular season.
- Understanding our seasons of life requires a vital, open, trusting relationship with God.
- We experience different seasons in different aspects of our lives. One crucial key to successfully relating to others is recognizing the multiplicity of overlapping seasons in those around you.
- We’re meant to thrive in every season.
it is good to see the aspects and changes in our lives as seasons. Maybe the most important benefit is that a seasonal perspective on life promotes our dependence on God. Without a sense of purpose, life loses its direction. But a seasonal perspective serves us by continually bringing our purpose and direction back into focus. We think, “There is a reason I’m going through this season in my life.”
SPRING is a season of potential, promise and possibilities. The Time of Beginnings. In Scripture we see Spring in the resurrection of Christ and new life He gives believers (Romans 6:4; Col. 3:10; 2 Cor. 5:17; Romans 7:6; Rom. 12:2). Our spring seasons from God always offer us new opportunities to serve Him and bless others. When spring arrives in our lives, we have a fresh opportunity to grasp the possibilities God places before us and to become the people He created us to be.
SUMMER is a season of growth and maturity. The Time for Work and Growth. In Scripture we see Summer in the work and labor we are called and designed to do (Eph. 2:10; Phil. 2:12-13; Mph. 3:23; 2 These. 3:6,11; Col. 1:29; 1 Cor. 15:10; Prov. 14:23; Heb. 12:1; ).
AUTUMN is a season of harvest. Harvest Time. In Scripture we see Autumn as a time of fruitfulness. Our lives are meant to be productive (Romans 7:4; Phil. 1:11; Col. 1:10; Gen. 1:28; John 15:1-8; Ps. 126:5).
WINTER is a season of withdrawal, retreat, and closure. The Time of Endings. In Scripture we see Winter as an end of a stage of life. The greatest winter season is captured by Jesus in John 17:4,6,8,12,14,18. Paul’s winter season was described in 2 Timothy 4. Winter is the final season in the season. When you get to the end you need to celebrate. It is also a time to rest and bless others. Perhaps the most difficult aspect of winter comes at death. But for those of faith, death is simply an opportunity to move forward to a new Spring.
As you move forward from season to season, rest in God’s forgiveness of your past mistakes, and press on to the abundant life He has for you in the future. Enjoy every season to its fullest. Find God in every season. Allow God to give you “seasons of joy and gladness and cheerful feasts” (Zech. 8:19).