Changing Seasons

October 23, 2022
Tree trunk at the Stitchin Post in Gulf Shores, Alabama spring of 2022.

By: Tresa Walker

Every season has a purpose, whether a time for the earth to produce or to rest and prepare for the next season of harvest. According to Ecclesiastes, seasons can represent different periods in our lives. Those seasons offer time for growth during difficult periods and time for rest during pleasant periods.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven; a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stone and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”

Precious babies are born into our lives, and at some point cherished loved ones die. Sometimes homes or relationships are destroyed, but then we rebuild new ones. Some days result in crying while others bring laughter. There will be disheartening moments of grief, but eventually we can dance again. We may go through extended periods of difficulty, but we can be sure that there will also be moments of peace and joy. 

We will face many diverse seasons during our lifetime. Each one serves a specific purpose in God’s ultimate plan, and each will vary in length as well as magnitude. If the choice were ours, there would be no difficult seasons, but that also means there would be no time for necessary new growth. Pleasant seasons give us an opportunity to rest as well as minister to others going through intense moments. Although it is challenging, we can be sure that He is with us through each period of drought or freeze no matter how severe. When those difficult seasons are complete, we can often look back at all He has done and see the beauty He created.

Tree trunk at the Stitchin Post in Gulf Shores, Alabama, after Hurricane Sally moved onshore in Gulf Shores at 5:45 a.m. as a Category 2 hurricane.

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