Eternal Seasonal Joy

22 Oct

Seasons

Yes, the heading is an oxymoron, contradicting each other; but it has been placed purposefully.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 – “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”

God got me thinking about seasons. A friend spoke a statement into my life, which I haven’t forgotten to this day. The statement was “Enjoy every season for all it’s worth”.

It was such a pivotal statement because I found myself stargazing into the future too much that I was missing the flowers growing right beside me.

The lesson is – There is something that we can gain from every season, no matter how good or bad. We need to draw out this essence before we launch into the next season.

God has purposefully intended seasons so he can prepare us for what’s to come. The Bible is enriched with people of God being prepared for their purpose – Joseph managing Potipher’s house before managing Egypt, David wrestling with lions before going against Goliath, the disciples learning under Jesus’ tutelage before being released to unleash a revival in Acts. All these people faced seasons of preparation. In the same way, we face seasons of preparation, it can be through study, through placements, through character-defining seasons – issues and circumstances we face, relationships and opportunities. Preparation is something we cannot underestimate because how we handle preparation is a powerful indicator in how we will handle the real deal. How we carry ourselves in each season determines how much we get out of it!

God intends to bless us for faithfulness, obedience and diligence through a harvest. A harvest can be a new relationship, opportunity, growth, or a promotion among other things. The harvest is where we can truly stake our claim and take huge strides from the hard work has been put in the time of preparation and building. This is definitely the most ‘enjoyable’ season.

Then it comes a time where God prunes us or ‘resets’ our posture towards him. This can come through a loss, brokenness, circumstance, issue or pain/grief. The reality is we grow and learn the most from this season of hardship. This is where God touches areas he wants to rid of, or add. This is where we truly know what we’re made of.

In saying all this, we go through seasons and times in our life. Are we aware of what season we are in? Are we drawing the most out of the season or are we escaping reality and hoping for greener pastures to come soon?

Enjoy every season and make the most of it.

Enjoy high school before university, university before a career, a career before masters/doctorate

Enjoy single life before dating, dating before marriage, marriage before kids, kids before grandkids.

Enjoy the time of no responsibility before a little responsibility, enjoy little responsibility before more responsibility, enjoy more responsibility before overwhelming responsibility!

There is a season to know, to go and to grow – make the most of it.

Truly then, we will begin to appreciate life for the journey it is, rather than investing in the destination that probably will never come.

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