So, who else is excited for Fall?
I know that I am! Fall is hands down my absolute favorite season! Between the cool crisp air, the clothes (or should i say boots!), and pumpkin spiced EVERYTHING! I just love it. I however am not a fan of the fallowing season. Winter in Colorado with kids, horses, and dogs means work! There’s colds and flues to be had, frozen hoses to thaw, animals to keep warm and fat in freezing conditions… Anyway, if we could just have spring and fall with just a few weeks of summer thrown in there to spice it up, that. would. be. great.
Although I don’t necessarily appreciate or want all seasons, they are necessary and serve a purpose. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:” Now, we need to keep in mind and remember that this verse is not just referring to the weather seasons of Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter, but we will get back to that… One thing this verse IS talking about is the fact that THERE WILL BE CHANGE, and that it will happen in God’s timing! Sometimes we fear change (kind of like me seriously fearing being a mom of three and my husband and I being outnumbered by our children very soon!) But we have to remember that God’s timing is in fact perfect, and we need to trust in that. Psalms 27:14 tells us to, ” Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” If we trust in God’s timing and just allow Him to direct us then He will honor that. Isaiah 40:31 says, ” But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.”
So jumping back to our first verse about the seasons, if it wasn’t just referring to the seasons of weather, then what was it talking about? Well the funny thing is, the Bible tells us! Ecclesiastes 3:2-8 lists 28 different “seasons”. “2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.” These verses show us that not only is change absolute, but it is also of God! 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
One thing about new stuff is, it tends to be beautiful. Think of a new baby, a flower in the early spring, maybe even that new car you’d really like to have… Ecclesiastes 3: 11 “He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.” We serve a limitless God, but we as people are limited. We can not see from beginning to end like the Lord can. We do not know what He has in store for us, which is why we NEED to trust His timing!
While change can prove to be extremely intimidating, especially when that change includes illness, career change, or a big move. Instead of fretting about the unknown, God wants us to rejoice and enjoy what we do know, and what He’s given to us! Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 “I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.” Verse 13 tells us that “… it is the gift of God.” to enjoy the fruits of our labor. Life is always going to be filled with changes, but rather than worrying about what will happen next we really need to practice rejoicing in God and what He has done in our lives! We also need to remember and find peace in the fact that God has a plan for us and we just need to wait for Him to reveal it to us.
What season of life are you facing right now? Is it the dead of winter and you feel like you’re facing storm after horrible storm? Or is everything all roses right now? Regardless of the season, remember that God has a plan, and even on the rainiest of days, He always has a sunny one waiting just around the bend.
So, get out from under the covers and go dance in that rain storm! Rejoice in what the Lord has and will continue to do in your life!