It’s cold as I write this. And by cold I mean mid-60’s. Since it’s still August, that counts as cold. I predict that sometime in Mid-January when we have one of those rare 60 degree days, I’ll declare that it’s warm. Context is everything… Even if it weren’t cold, though, I’d still be thinking about changing seasons. Believe it or not, there are some trees here that are already changing. Yes, they’re pretty, but don’t you think it’s just a little too soon for that? *shrug*
The Bible, as you probably well know, talks about seasons:
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. ~Ecclesiastes 3:1
Even we have seasons. And just like with the seasons in nature, some are more pleasant than others. The summer of the soul is relaxing, refreshing, and easy. We feel in-step with God. We feel well-fed and Scripture comes alive for us. It may be that we’re in a good small group or Bible study, or we’re experiencing great blessing in our lives. Whatever it is, we really like summer!
On the other hand, winter is much less fun: We feel spiritually dead. Our prayers hit the ceiling and stop. The Bible seems dry and lifeless. Everything is a struggle and if we’re not careful, depression sets in and we withdraw – from God and from fellow believers. At a time when we most need good fellowship, we feel isolated.
So what are we to do about the changes we all experience from time to time?
Be grateful for the good times. It’s so easy to begin to take the good things for granted. Be constantly thankful and in awe of what God is doing.
Dive even more deeply into study and fellowship in the bad times. Resist the temptation to hide when life gets hard. Our enemy is like a wolf after prey – he wants to get us alone so we are easier to bring down.
Remember, just like the earth has opposing hemispheres, when you are experiencing the joy of summer, someone else is probably feeling the desolation of winter. We were not meant to walk through life alone and what you’ve recently learned about God or yourself may be just what someone else needs to hear. Be sensitive to God’s leading because you never know when He may place someone in your path who needs to hear what He has taught you. On the flip side, if you’re having a hard time, seek out someone who can help you through it. And be encouraged by this: every winter, no matter how long it feels, eventually turns to spring.
Above all, no matter what you’re experiencing right now, cling to God and His truth. You are always in the palm of His hand, whether you feel like you are or not.
What have you learned recently that you may need to share with someone else? When in your life have you felt most blessed by God?