I recently had the opportunity to share something that was on my heart as a devotional to a women’s ministry. Today, I wanted to share this with you. As you take the time to study the seasons of life and the purpose for each and every one, I hope this blesses you and encourages you in your walk with the Lord.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 (ESV) “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”
The sunlight seems happy, shining upon the backyard. The breeze blows gently through the trees, creating the familiar sound that comes with the leaves turning. Wrapped in my sweater, the cool, crisp air seems invigorating and a feeling of satisfaction is in my heart. It’s fall. The season of pumpkin spice, sweaters, and boots has arrived and my heart is content. I find myself wishing it could feel like this every day, just to be reminded of something so important, in a soft, still voice- there are seasons for a reason.
Have you found yourself wishing away the season you’re in, pining for the moment you can metaphorically pull your boots out of the recesses of the closet? Because we don’t share spiritual seasons with everyone around us, it can be easy to lose sight of the fact that the season has a purpose, and failing to tend to that purpose can create heartache in our lives and close the door to blessings God has in store for us. Let’s take a look at the reason each season exists and how this applies to our spiritual lives.
The purpose of Winter is for evaluation, reflection, and putting in the work ahead of time for the spring that is coming. Oftentimes Winter comes in the closing of a chapter, and that may result in a very full heart of emotion with seemingly nowhere to release. For the reason of Winter to be recognized, its purpose must be allowed to play out. Psalm 37:3 (ESV) says, “Trust in the Lord and do good…”. In the season of Winter, it is especially important to invest yourself in your relationship with the Lord and trust Him while tending to the seasonal purpose of what He has laid before you. Joyce Meyer says, “Just as winter prepares plants and trees for warmer weather, a spiritually dormant season is a time of preparation- when our inner character is developed and strengthened. Strong character is essential for withstanding storms that will come during seasons of growth and harvest.” How often we tend to find this season very uncomfortable and wish it away, but when this season is fully invested in, we are fully prepared for Spring to arrive.
The purpose of Spring is a time for planting. Often, this season is accompanied with the invigoration of new excitement in your relationship with God. We have a tendency to desire for God to bring us into a new season and find the purpose of it to be a bit more work than we would like. It is so important that we embrace the moment at hand and delve into the work of planting the seeds of vision, purpose, and responsibility that God has given each of us as individuals. “No discipline brings joy, but seems grevious and painful; but afterwards, it yields a peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” (Hebrews 12:11, AMP)
The purpose of Summer is to tend the fields. This is sometimes the most easily identifiable season in our lives as we play and wait and work among the fields in our lives. It is essential that we don’t lose track of our purpose during the long, hot hours of summer fun that so easily entice us to lose focus on the purpose of this season. Without Summer, there can be no harvest, so “Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.” (Proverbs 4:25, NLT).
The purpose of Fall is a time for new life. The long, still hours of winter spent in planning, the toil in the new dawn of spring, and the lively hours of waiting amidst the heat have all paid off with the harvest at hand. The barns are filled and the vats full of wine, in Bible speak. The Fall is the time for reaping what we’ve sown- and the season that so evidently reminds us of what we have put in. “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9 ESV). The Fall is a time for being filled to overflowing, to store up for the Winter, and enjoying the fruits of the work put in for the past 9 months.
Through the spiritual seasons, we see that sometimes we don’t always have a view of the full picture of the process God is putting us through. It is a choice to recognize the season God has put before each of us and to “do good”. Recognize the good God has set before you in the season you are in, and put your hands to doing it well and purposing to maximize on the purpose of this season through faith in Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit. “…I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content…” (Philippians 4:11, ESV)
- According to Ecclesiastes 3:1, there is a time for every season. Spiritually, we know that not all of us go through the same seasons at the same times. What season of life are you going through right now?
- What do you think is the purpose of the spiritual season you are in right now?
- Scripture is filled with the exhortation to “trust God and do good”. These two go hand-in-hand and fill us with the ability to approach God-given assignments and glorify God through serving Him. What is the “good” God has placed in front of you to tend to in your season right now?
- What is a blessing of the season you are in and how can you share the benefit of that to bring life to others?
Study: Spend time doing a topical study of Scripture on the season or purpose you have identified in your life. Read Ecclesiastes 3 and spend time journaling or drawing as you spend time in prayer looking to God for growth, thanking Him for His plan, and glorifying Him for all He has brought you through.
Act: Share with someone in your life what you’ve learned from your study of your season or purpose and how that is a blessing & encouragement before your next meeting. Share the good news of what God is doing in your life!
Do you have something to share about the season you’re in or one you’ve been in? We would love to hear it- please share in the comments below!