Ecclesiastes 3:1: “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:”
Do you have a favorite season of weather? Here in the northeast corner of Oklahoma we are blessed with a little taste of all four seasons. (Sometimes you can experience two or three of those seasons in a single day!) But I must confess I have a few favorites and manage the other two. It seems that each season has its own identity and its own set of requirements.
No doubt you’ve read these words from Solomon often, heard them preached from, or been encouraged by them at a funeral or memorial service. For me these past several years have been measured by a rapid changing of seasons. It seems that just as I settle in to one and “learn the ropes”, another seasonal shift takes place and I’m required to adjust…again.
Solomon sorted through all the seasons he had surveyed in his lifetime–most of which all of us will experience throughout our own lives–and summarized the frenzy by encouraging his readers in verse 11: “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” In his God-given wisdom he was further instructing them “to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor–it is the gift of God.” (verse 12-13) The gift of God was produced for those who would rejoice and choose to do good in the midst of it. Solomon said there was nothing better than this, no matter the season.
Perhaps you are in the best season of your life today. The season’s good may be intensified simply because of the season you just left! But maybe, just maybe, you are struggling in your “now season”, wrestling with how God could possibly bring beauty from it. “Where is the gift of God in THIS?” Let me encourage you today, like Solomon, to ask God to reveal His purpose to you by His Spirit. And regardless of how it feels today, choose to rejoice and do good. It’s gonna be beautiful, just wait and see.
Be blessed, dear friend!