Today , we would be discussing about the seasons of life.
Gen 8:22 ESV
While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.
Seasons :- are each of the four divisions of the year (spring, summer, autumn and winter) marked by particular weather patterns and daylight hours, resulting from the earths changing position with regard to the sun. This is a period of the year when a particular activity or event happens.
God promised us seasons to indicate the order of nature. But did you know that every person goes through four seasons as well? Did you know that every church goes through four seasons? Did you know your marriage goes through four seasons? Seasons affect all of us and everything we do.
There are four Major seasons:-
Winter is the coldest season of the year in polar and temperate zones. It occurs after autumn and before spring in each year. Winter is caused by the axis of the Earth in that hemisphere being oriented away from the Sun. Winter is one of the four seasons and the coldest time of the year. It is the time of the year when the days are darker and colder than one could ever imagine.
Our spiritual winter is a time of darkness and unfruitfulness. Spiritual winter is the most unusual time for many Believers, We might feel that God has deserted us, but this is the time to curl up in God’s lap for warmth and intimacy. There He will give you directions for planting new crops in spring; the next season. It is also the time to exist on what has been stored from previous harvests.
Winter is the time for evaluation, planning and preparation. It is the time to shovel snow and ice (unhelpful resource) from the driveway of your mind. It is the time when praise should be an automatic habit. it is normal to feel like God is not hearing our prayers or speaking to us. We may feel like we are having a “wilderness” experience. Our inclination is to pray harder and must remain in the season of rest. In winter, reflect on God and God’s faithfulness to you and maintain an attitude of reverence before God.
Winter is the time to PLAN for the upcoming seasons.
Spring is one of the four conventional temperate seasons, following winter and preceding summer. Spring marks the end of blistering winter and the transitional period to scorching summer. In many places, the season brings mild temperatures in the 60s and 70s. Spring season is the favorite season of the year and liked by everyone than other seasons. Spring is the season of new beginnings. Fresh buds bloom, animals awaken and the earth seems to come to life again. Farmers and gardeners plant their seeds and temperatures slowly rise.
Spring is the time to plant and carry out the instructions gleaned from your winter experience. From having spent time with God, you will have the spiritual and physical energy to break up your fallow ground.
Spring is the time to come out of the darkness of winter. You will see the first signs of vigor and life returning to the earth. Solomon said, “Lo, the winter is over; the rains are over and gone.” (Song of Songs 2:11)
Flowers will push through the damp soil; frogs will croak in the barely thawed ponds; and you will enjoy the feel of the first warm breeze upon you face.
Spring reminds us of the eternal cycle of death and rebirth and renewed life. Spring is the re-emergence of life. It indicated a balance of growth and decay; youth and maturity, innocence and experience.
During springtime, look for the leading of God in new activities and ventures into new opportunities. On the personal level, these can be activities like new ways of doing your daily devotions or new relationships with encouraging saints. Regarding ministry, springtime can bring new ministry, more attendees or new ways of serving God. Be careful not to invest too much of yourself in all these new things because, just like a fruit tree, not every blossom will lead to fruit. These temporary blossoms serve to pollinate other blossoms. They are also signs to show us that it is springtime.
This is the time to reap what you planted during your spiritual spring. Its a time to continue to work, while making sure to build refreshment and relaxation in as well. This is also a time for us to get rid of those “weeds” that may want to pop up and get us distracted. If we limit our distractions, a spiritual summer can be very good for us.
In summer, the flowers are in full bloom. The fruit is ripe and ready to be picked. It is during this spiritual season, that we develop the fruit of the Spirit. We read :-
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.
Autumn, also known as fall in American and Canadian English, is one of the four temperate seasons. Autumn marks the transition from summer to winter. Autumn, season of the year between summer and winter during which temperatures gradually decrease. It is often called fall in the United States because leaves fall from the trees at that time. Nighttime arrives earlier, temperatures begin to drop and most vegetative growth decreases.
If you look at nature this is typically a time of things falling away. This is when we see the temperature and leaves begin to change, which I’d how we know that fall is coming. Maybe God is calling some things to fall away in your life. What is He calling you to let go of?
Nature provides a great example of how this should look in our life. Often times, we want to hold on and not let go of things that could potentially cause problems in our next season. Spiritual fall is a good time to grow your trust in God
Autumn, with its colorful trees is the transitional season having both the abundance and the limitation of our everyday lives.
Autumn helps us see the passage of time; that is, where we have come from and where we need to go. This is the season filled with anticipation. And if we have been obedient in the other seasons, we will reap a harvest in due season. (Galatians 6:9)
Autumn is a season of fruition and reaping. It is a season of thanksgiving and celebration of abundance and goodness of the earth. It is a season of encouragement as we witness the changes in God’s earth.
What season are you presently?
Seasons come and go. Enjoy every season, learn from every season. He is always present.
God bless you.
Isioma O (A.K.A MercyZamora)