is an occasion for everything,
a time for every activity under heaven.—Ecclesiastes
The beauty in the way God designed the four seasons is that, though each one
is distinct, they all work together to bring life and growth. Spring is a period
of freshness and new life. Summer sees growth and productivity. Autumn is a time
for harvesting the rewards of past labors. Winter is the season of dormancy and
closure. Each season has its own unique beauty and makes a significant
contribution to life.
Just as God planned seasons in nature, He planned seasons in life as well.
Life has its springtime, when we begin new things and look excitedly toward the
future. Summer comes and we work diligently in the heat of the day at all that
God has assigned to us. With autumn comes the fruition of things begun at an
earlier time in our lives. Winter brings an end to a particular period in our
lives. Sometimes winter brings hardship, but we remain hopeful, for another
spring is just around the corner!
In God's perfect design for our lives, He has planned for times of
fruitfulness and activity. He will also build in times of quiet and rest. There
will be times when He asks us to remain faithful doing the same work day after
day. But there will also be periods of excitement and new beginnings. By God's
grace, we will enjoy seasons of harvesting the fruit of our faithfulness. By
God's grace we will also overcome the cold winters of heartache and grief, for
without winter there would be no spring. Just as it is with the seasons of
nature, these seasons in our lives work together to bring about God's perfect
will for each one of us.—Experiencing God Day by Day