by Dawn Fisher
One thing I love about living in North Carolina is the changing of the seasons. I love fall and seeing the color that abounds all round us and the crisp cool air that settles in. I also love spring. Again a season of color as flowers begin to bloom, birds begin to chirp, and the sun brings in warmer air. These are my two favorite seasons. What about the cold of winter, and the heat of summer? Not my favorite, yet both are seasons I still find beauty in. I love a beautiful snow fall and throwing on my boots and favorite jeans. I love beach trips and family vacations, which are always a part of our summer. I embrace each season knowing when I am not enjoying a bitter cold day, spring is on its way.
As I am walking a “winter season” in my personal life, I wonder why I cannot embrace it by holding onto God’s promise that spring follows winter? Instead I find myself not tolerating this season well at all on most days. I don’t embrace the season, I just beg and plead for God to take me from this season into the next. On a spiritual note, I only want to live in the spring and summer seasons. I want the new beginnings of spring and the fire of God in the summer. Don’t you?
However, I believe God is saying to me, and would say to you too, is don’t miss me. Don’t miss my colors, attributes, and the faces of my character I want to show you in the fall. Don’t miss me in the coldest darkest times of your life, because this is when my mercies and presence are the closest and the warmth of my embrace will feel like no other. Don’t’ we find the tenderness of God in this season? Without the fall and winter seasons of our spiritual life, we would never experience the compassion and love of God.
In fact, did you know many people think some parts of the earth are hotter, because they are nearer to the sun? This is not true. It’s also not true that God is closer to us in the hot summer seasons where we feel the fire of God. God is with us regardless of our season. He is with us in all our seasons, showing us who He is, teaching us, and preparing us for the next season. The reality is the earth leans toward the sun…shouldn’t we too lean toward the “son” to feel the warmth of our Savior. He shines in our lives regardless of the season.
Don’t we too need all the seasons. They all hold beauty if we find God in them. Today, regardless of what season you are in, I ask you, where is God? Is he close? Is He for you? What part of who He is does He want to show you in this season? How is He preparing you for the next? Will you, regardless of where you are, instead of asking God for a new season and complaining, giving up, threatening to quit on God will you ,
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” – Philippians 4:4
Will you trust God?
“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
Prayer: Lord thank you that you are always with us regardless of our season. Forgive us for missing you, denying you or running from you in the fall or winter of our spiritual journeys. Help us find the beauty of you there. Help us to find keep a teachable spirit and to rest in the warmth of your love during those times like never before. Grow our faith and our trust in you and may we cling to your promise of hope and not wavier. Oh Lord and for the new life of spring you bring in abundance and the fire of your Spirit that falls in those hot summer seasons of our life, Lord we give you praise. We choose today Lord to rejoice in you always. I will say it again: Rejoice!