What’s your favorite season?
I love summer.
(OK – why am I mentioning summer at the end of September? Because we are currently in the middle of a HEAT WAVE…go figure!)
I love hot weather…Hot, HUMID weather I’m not so fond of – but hot weather, it’s good.
One reason I love summer is because I really don’t like shoes!
I wear sandals all the time – been known to do it in cold weather, been known to do it in rainy weather! WHY, you might ask? (You’re asking…I can hear you). It’s because my favorite shoes are actually BARE FEET!
I also love summer because I get to be outside a lot. And I really like sunshine. I’m afraid I just couldn’t live in a place where it rained or snowed a lot. I get like a grumpy old bear in that kind of weather – “Woe is me. Where’s my hibernation den?”
Summer reminds me of being a kid…when summer meant NO SCHOOL! No homework, no papers or reports, no tests, no deadlines…no rules! It was summertime, and it was MY time!
So for me, summer represents feelings of freedom, fun, imagination, and joy.
If you stop and think about which season you like, you’ll probably find a million reasons why it’s that time of year that means something to you. Sometimes we’re connected to a particular season because of memories – or because of the feelings that season evokes in us.
Our lives go through seasons, too.
Ecclesiastes 3 begins with this often-quoted verse:
“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.”
We talk about life “seasons” that way. We experience “seasons” of bounty and blessing. We have “seasons” of sadness and suffering. Our moods, and our health, our finances, and our relationships – they change, they shift, they move through “seasons.”
What does God want us to learn during these different seasons?
The secret to peace with God is to discover, accept, and appreciate His perfect timing. We can only see through eyes that exist in bodies that are subject to space and time. We cannot see into the future or comprehend everything.
So we must TRUST God now.
Ecclesiastes 3:11: “…God had made everything beautiful for its own time…people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.”
Ecclesiastes 11:5: “Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind…so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things.”
So, in the passing “seasons” of life, what remains constant?
God has a plan, a purpose for all people.
And what is that purpose?
It is that we should fear our All-Powerful God. We must respect and stand in awe of Him because of Who He Is. We ought to praise Him for His glory, bow down in adoration, and thank Him for His love.
Purpose in life starts with WHO we know – not WHAT we know.
We must look at life through His heavenly perspective. Of course we don’t have all the answers…but we have HIM!
Heavenly perspective is making Him “Number One” in your heart, and in your life. It’s trusting that God’s purposes are good, even when (especially when) things don’t make sense – even when they don’t line up with our natural human desires and feelings.
Heavenly perspective is trusting the All-Knowing Wisdom of God…
…and knowing that though “seasons” in life may come and go – the love of the Lord will stand FOREVER!!
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