Summer is just starting to give way to Autumn.
I know, it’s hard to believe, but it’s happening—at least here in the high desert of California. The brutality of summer is starting to relinquish its grip on the thermometer and the mornings are starting to preview the crispness of the air soon to greet us.
And with this Autumn “feel” comes the onslaught of pumpkin-infused drinks, cakes, cookies, and savory dishes reminding us the season is changing. In the southern United states, Autumn also means dealing with the dead carcasses of love bugs splattered across the fronts of vehicles destroying the clear coat.
Also, the feel of Autumn brings football season with it! Breathe deeply and smell the fresh cut grass!
Do you appreciate the changing of seasons—the subtle change in the air, animals, and temperature? While it seems so gradual to most people, if you pay attention you really can feel the transition between seasons. Summer to Autumn. Autumn to Winter. Winter to Spring. Spring to Summer.
Do you feel it?
And it’s not just the weather experiencing changes in seasons. We do too. Our lives have seasons: periods of predictable time where certain things happen. The differences between the changes of seasons in weather and the changes of seasons in life, however, can be downright funky and sometimes not very fun.
But that doesn’t mean they do not need reflection. That’s exactly what King Solomon does in our passage today, Ecclesiastes 3:1-11. Let’s read this and reflect on the seasons of our life.
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.
What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Just like the weather, there is a balance and purpose to the seasons in our lives.
In “Summer” we’re at our peak. Life’s good. You could say we’re running “full steam”. We feel productive and valuable.
As “Autumn” rolls into our lives, we’re feeling a little worn down and weary. Maybe something has happened to thrust us into this or maybe we’re just “feeling a little less steam”. We’re less productive although we could keep going if we have to.
Then. Comes. “Winter”. We are cold…still. We’re not productive and there’s nothing to give. We’re spent in every sense of the word. Were we to stay here, life would be gray, dull, and two-dimensional. This is the stage of “survival”—we just get up so we don’t stay in bed.
Yet, “there is a time for everything”. “Winter”—oh dear reader, read this encouragement!—“Winter” gives way to “Spring”. When “Spring” arrives in our lives, everything begins stirring again. There’s a real sense of “newness”. There’s a renewal of energy when we were convinced there was none. We’ve not only survived “Winter”, we’re now starting to run and we’re going to run all the way to “Summer”.
In all the seasons of our lives, we move through these times of transitions—just like the weather does. Perhaps the transitions of life are harder than the season because we can feel the changes. Maybe there’s fear in what’s coming or the sheer unknown causes us more than a little trepidation.
In the grand scheme, we are powerless. And we are certainly powerless to control the seasons of our lives.
But as you continue your day after reading this post, know this: in this complete lack of control, God is there.
Yes, the Lord walks with us through the changing seasons of life.
What season are you in? Summer? Autumn? Winter? Spring? Whatever season you’re in, walk with Him through it. These are the “season(s) for every activity under the heavens”. These seasons and their transitions are the times we learn more of who we are in Him.