Thomasville Times Enterprise

Faith & values

April 17, 2014

Unpredictability of life

Spring is most definitely here. The signs are everywhere. New life budding forth, lots of rain, things turning green from the dead winter time. It is still no guarantee that we won't get more cold weather. It happens almost every year. The early birds go get their spring/summer plants and then have to figure out how to protect them from that last blast from Ol' Man Winter! I have been guilty many years.

The seasons of our lives are just about as unpredictable. I certainly have experienced many different seasons in my own life and. although they may somewhat parallel the four seasons we experience, no two people seem to be going through the same exact season at the same time.

You may be in a springtime — fresh, new life with showers of blessing pouring down. Another friend, family member or acquaintance may be going through the heat of summer, drought in their spiritual and even their natural life. Just as we cannot dictate the natural seasons, so we can do very little about the duration of the present season we are in. I personally love springtime and would love to have it all year long.

I think I would probably like to have a spiritual springtime all the time, too. But if we did not have the winters to kill off unwanted pests and the summer's heat to cause the young growth to mature, we would have a very unhealthy environment at best.

I think the trials, the giants, the challenges we face in our lives are meant to make us into mature, ripe fruit that others can benefit from. Numerous times, I have been able to say to someone, “You can make it through this situation. I know you can, because I did.”

No matter what “season” you are presently in, like Paul, you can learn to “be content.”

Because he knew that “all things work together” for our good, he did not have to fret when adverse circumstances came his way.  He learned that there were seasons of prosperity and multiplication, but there were also seasons of persecution and lack.

 I was re-reading some of the things Paul endured during his ministry, and he called them “light afflictions.” He also had his spiritual eyes and attention focused on “the immeasurably great glory” that we will partake of forever and he was ruined for anything less.

He had tasted of the “ages to come” and knew that whatever the cost, it would be worth it.

Many others throughout church history (both Old Covenant and New Covenant) have tasted of this glory realm and were able to endure humiliation, persecution,and even death, knowing that this temporal life was not the end ,but only the beginning, the introduction, into our glorious future with our risen Savior.

If He, Himself suffered so greatly for us, then we need to trust Him to take us through the different seasons of our lives that will prepare us to rule and reign with Him. 

As Ecclesiastes states:  “there is a season for everything under heaven”.  Seasons do change and there is an end to the season you are presently in, so if you are in a season that is difficult, just remember, springtime is coming.

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