As the end of the year draws near, the concept of seasons has been resonating in my heart. We’ve all grown up learning about the Earth’s four seasons; we see how nature obeys them and constantly adjusts to its changes. Creation reminds us of the importance of being flexible and that the need for growth may require going through some “ugly” stages. During the couple of years I lived in the Northeast, I secretly dreaded winter, not because of the cold, but rather because seeing the trees so bare and dry was a painful reminder that that’s the reality of life. We all go through different seasons in our lives and some of them won’t be as picturesque as we’d hope they’d be, yet God has a purpose for every single season, week, minute, and second of our lives.
I think we need to learn to find beauty in every season. That throughout our winters, we may hold on tightly to God’s promises over our lives and declare that there is always more. I’ve also been trying to embrace the season I’m in and understand that I may not be able to do it all right now but maybe in another season, in God’s perfect timing, I’ll have the opportunity to do so. We must remain steadfast and patiently allow God to work in us and through us; ultimately, the current season will come to an end and a new one will begin, with its own wonder to discover.
Despite the constant change, I believe that there are two things that you’ll be able to find true in every season: God’s love never fails and you will always have the opportunity to make a difference. Like Charles Spurgon describes in the quote above, God’s love is the constant we can count on throughout the entirety of our lives. How comforting is it to have something that will never fail and never falter, even in this ever-changing world. This gives way to the second truth: because of God’s unwavering love, I too can consistently love this world, no matter what the season. I pray that whatever circumstance you find yourself in, you know that you have the Light of the World inside of you and even when you’re in a season when the sun sets early, you can shine through.