Talking about the different seasons in our lives is another of those classic Christian phrases that is dangerously close to becoming a cliché because it can be overused in all the wrong ways.
But seasons are a biblical concept. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 says:
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”
This reading shows us that not only are our actions important to God, but the timing of such actions is also important.
Part of this is about appropriate timing. There are times when laughter is appropriate (and fab), but there are also times when laughter may not be appropriate for the situation you are in. Sometimes it is better to speak up, whilst in other situations it is better to stay silent.
Another element here, is God’s timing. God’s timing is perfect. He has a plan for each of our lives and he knows when everything needs to happen to enable this plan. Waiting for God’s time can be so frustrating when we want to get on and do stuff right NOW but God is telling us not yet. In these situations, all we can do is trust in God’s timing, allowing him to guide us – not just on what he wants us to do, but on when we need to do it. God has ordained our activities for a certain time in our lives.
These different times in our lives are often described as seasons. If we’re going through something dark or painful, it’s often labelled as our ‘winter’. To an extent I understand this. We all go through times in our lives that are dark and painful, like a winter (although, as a penguin, it is always winter and I love winter so why is winter the bad guy here??) We also all have bright wonderful, summery times.
However, what I struggle with, is classifying an entire period of my life as ‘winter’ or even just saying that this period of my life is a certain season. My issue with this, is that whilst one area of my life (say work), may be in a harder season where things aren’t going well, there may be other areas of my life (say my faith) that are going super, super well that I would classify as a summer season. I can be in both a winter and summer season both at once, it doesn’t always all line up so that everything goes brilliantly for a certain time, then everything goes badly for a certain time. I don’t find that it works like that.
SO, to round up todays ramblings, God has ordained certain activities for certain times in our lives and we should rely on God’s perfect timing, because he has great plans for us and he knows what he’s doing much more than we do!
Thank you that you have a plan for my life. Help me to see when you want me to act, as well as what it is you want me to do. Help me to rely on your perfect timing, rather than doing things when I want to. Help me to get through the harder seasons in life, in any area of my life. Help me to celebrate the wonderful seasons and to thank you for the blessings you have given me in all seasons. Amen.