Devotional: ‘The Changing of Seasons’

Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a time for everything, and everything on earth has its special season. 2 There is a time to be born and a time to die. There is a time to plant and a time to pull up plants. 3 There is a time to kill and a time to heal. There is a time to destroy and a time to build. 4 There is a time to cry and a time to laugh. There is a time to be sad and a time to dance. 5 There is a time to throw away stones and a time to gather them. There is a time to hug and a time not to hug. 6 There is a time to look for something and a time to stop looking for it. There is a time to keep things and a time to throw things away. 7 There is a time to tear apart and a time to sew together. There is a time to be silent and a time to speak. 8 There is a time to love and a time to hate. There is a time for war and a time for peace.

Many of us would be much more comfortable if everything always stayed the same; yet it doesn’t. Everything has its seasons. I have been faced with that in a dramatic way this year as I have performed the marriage ceremony of both of my daughters. A season in the life of our family has changed and now a new season for new families has begun.

Though many like the changing of seasons in nature, they are frightened with the changing of seasons in life. They grip so tightly to the present that it becomes traumatic when things change. I admit, change can be difficult, but not so difficult if we learn to go through theses seasons with God. “There is a time for everything, and everything on earth has its special season.” God has a purpose and a season for everything under heaven and right now each of us is in one of His seasons.

As you might imagine, I have done a lot of reflective thinking this past year. I have thought about the time when Tammy and I were married and started out as a young couple. I have thought about the births of our daughters and their first day in school. I have thought about volleyball games and band concerts and their going off to college. I have thought about my dad’s death and how someday the same will happen to me. “There is a time for everything, and everything on earth has its special season.”- but that’s OK. God has a purpose and a season for everything under heaven and right now each of us are in one of His perfect seasons.

The tragedy is not that seasons change, but that many of us fail to see God’s will in each season. There is a time to be born and a time to die, and a time to do a whole lot of living in between.

Amy had this song sung at her wedding. It’s called ‘Every Season’ by Nichole Nordeman.