Today's reading: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
When I hear the word "season," I think about nature and the framework of constant change we have with the seasons that come and go year after year—spring to summer, summer to fall, fall to winter, winter to spring, and so on and so on. Life has its seasons as well, which is exactly the point Solomon makes when he writes about there being "a time for every matter under heaven." (vs. 1).
My favorite season is summer. So if I had my way about things, it would be summer perpetually. But I am not in control of the seasons, nor am I in control of my life. That's God's job. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 makes it clear that God is the sovereign master planner and that He is constantly moving us forward through many differing seasons—some painful, others joy-filled-but all with the purpose of growing us to be more like Christ, and in so doing, drawing us closer to Him. I am thankful for Solomon's wise words and the reminder they provide that we should be prepared for and expecting many different seasons in our lives, and that our dependence must be on God through them all.
How does knowing that life is made up of different "seasons" impact your thinking about your current "season"? How often do you think about the fact that everything that happens in your life is part of God's plan? What influence does this have on your outlook, planning and attitude about what’s to come? Tami
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