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Spring, Summer, Winter & Fall

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A season in our life is a time frame that has been allotted for something to happen.  Think about Summer. Who doesn’t love the summer?

In Summer there is life and vitality. Summer is a season of growth. The days stay light for a long time, kids can stay outside all day and you can play golf until 9 at night. You can grab a cup of sweet tea and sit out on your porch and  listen to the cicada bugs at night and it just feels great to be alive. In the Summertime, everything is humming. It’s a wonderful season of life.

Colossians 1:10 Live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God

In the Summer season of our lives we feel like everything is how it should be, right? We’re relaxed, the family is happy, everything is moving along at the right pace and you feel like you could live this way forever. But pretty soon the days get shorter and Summer makes way for Fall.

In the fall things go away – The fall is a season of departure. The leaves on the trees change color change color and they fall to the ground. The things that used to give us shade and comfort, in the Fall, they leave us. When you and I experience Fall, those are the times we experience death.

Sometimes God will prune really good things out of our life. We want to hold on to them. We don’t want them to go away. To us, Fall always feels “bad.” Because we don’t understand why things need to leave us and we want to hold on to those times and those moments. We don’t like going through seasons of fall. And when it does happen, we often wonder,  ”How will God use this moment?” or  ”How will God use this time?”

Matthew 5:4 Jesus says Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Psalm 34:18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

God has a plan for your life, and the reality is, in order for things to get better in your life, some things need to change.  As perhaps a gardener yourself, you know that plants are often pruned to keep them alive, and in the end, they end up becoming even more beautiful. But before we can move out of this season of death, we also have to experience the season of Winter.

Winter is a season of silence and quiet. In the Winter we feel lost and all alone. In Winter the land is barren. In the season of Winter the air seems still, the earth seems devoid of activity. Nothing vibrant or life giving seems to be happening anywhere.

For us in our lives these are seasons of silence, seasons of immobility and seasons of stillness. These are the times when we pray “Are you even listening to me God?” and “Are you even up there?” Winter is lonely.

The Bible tells the story of a man named Job, who was well acquainted with God’s silence. During a time of Summer, where he experienced both blessings in family and wealth, in a matter of days he fell into fall and winter. And in his pain and suffering, he cried out to God. He asked for answers. And he kept asking. But for the first 37 chapters of the book of Job, his cries for God’s help and relief were met only by God’s deafening silence. In Job chapter 9 Job asks for an audience with God and he says

Job 9:32-35 “He is not a mere mortal like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court. If only there were someone to mediate between us, someone to bring us together, someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more. Then I would speak up without fear of him, but as it now stands with me, I cannot.”

Job wanted an answer, he wanted to face his accuser, but chapter after chapter he is met with cold dark silence. I want to stay in Winter for a minute or two, because despite how long each season is we always feel like Summer is too short, right? And Winter is too long. And perhaps even though each of our lives always has more times of joy and blessing than it does times of death and stillness, it’s in those seasons of Winter that we feel lost and impatient.

We don’t want wade through winter. Isn’t there an app for this? Can’t we get through the hard times or the dark times any quicker. Perhaps you’re walking through a season of Winter right now – know that Spring is coming

Spring is about a fresh start. Spring is about new things.

Jesus says in Revelation 2:15 Behold I have come to make all things new

Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:17 If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Typically what happens is the dead quiet of winter opens a door on something new in our life. Something that wasn’t even possible before, but now, because we came through the winter we are able to see new things once the snow has melted.

And all of this happens through time, right?

Spiritual maturity and the Christian walk, it’s all a journey of continuing to die to self and to become more and more like Christ

And this cycle of seasons, even though within it are rough patches, the more I go through it, and the more times I experience fall and winter. The more God can bring me into new Springs and New Summers.

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