“Every new season of you life will be an opportunity for you to learn and grow. Don’t celebrate the good without celebrating the bad because they both work together to prepare you for the next season of your life.”
― Theresa Lewis
Ecclesiastes 3:1 To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
If you examined your life right now, what season would you say you are currently experiencing? Are you in a dry season, waiting-for-something season, grinding season, tests-and-trials-at-nearly-every-turn season, or spiritual warfare season? The list could go on and on. Maybe you’re in a happy season, and all is well. Sometimes it’s difficult to recognize the season of life we’re in, and it can be even more difficult to know how to live fully in Christ during it.
In a natural sense, we know that seasons change. There’s winter, spring, summer, and fall. Just like the natural seasons change, so do the seasons in our lives.
In Jamaica, the elderly would always say that it is not every day is Christmas. The essence of that parable is that your seasons will change, that was also the central message behind Ecclesiastes 3:1 when it says to everything there is a season. Since the said chapter also proceeds to say “a time to be born and a time to die, among other things, it also connotes that your new season is likely to be the complete opposite of the one you are currently in. In any season events will happen that are completely outside of your control; nevertheless, you can still live above your circumstances, as your level of success in any season depends on the magnitude of your preparation.
The children of Israel, being doubters and complainers, were unprepared to deal with the giants that they would have to confront in their promised land the first time around, and their new season was delayed for 40 years. Joseph foresaw the famine that would come in seven years and led the preparation in Egypt for that season. In the end, the preparation paid off as not only did Egypt help to feed other nations; Pharaoh also accumulated great wealth as the people gave up cattle and property in exchange for food. The lesson we can learn from Joseph is we must be prepared for all outcomes.
Life Application: Look ahead at the possible best case and worst case scenarios you could be faced with and effectively plan and implement strategies for either outcome.
Dear Lord, take me through the season that I am currently experiencing in my life. Help me not to miss what you are doing in and through me during this season. Help me not to miss the lessons that you are teaching me. And most importantly, help me to trust in you and not lean on my own understanding. I place this season in your hands and pray that you prepare me for the next season of my life. In Jesus name…amen.