It’s a new season, it’s a new day
A fresh anointing is flowing my way
It’s a season of power and prosperity
It’s a new season coming to me…
Love that song by Martha Munizzi and when that song came across my playlist it got me thinking…
Today was a cold one where I live. It has become totally evident that the beautiful warm glow of summer has completely faded and the cool, crisp winds of autumn are now upon us. This really got me reflecting on seasons this week.
I have the island of Jamaica running through my veins so summer is definitely one of my favourite seasons. I absolutely despise the cold, so when winter decides to rear her head ( and if you live in my part of Canada, you know we can get some real nasty winters) I’m not the happiest camper.
But even though I have seasons that I love and seasons that I love a little less, I’m beginning to really see the importance of every season
Let’s start with the best one ( to me :p) Summer. In the summer, everything is nice. Flowers are in full bloom, the grass is green ( for the most part) the sun shines, the days and nights are long and all is well in the world. So it is when we are in the summer of our lives. Everything is going well in your life. Your opportunities seem bright and attainable. If we look at it spiritually, “summer” is the season where you feel you’re best. You feel connected, in tune with God.
Then comes Autumn. Autumn is a time that brings transition. Transition from warm days to colder days. Autumn is also representative of the Harvest. Just like the farmers, all the hard work you have toiled in the previous months should come to fruition in this season. In the Autumn of your life, you may be transitioning from one facet of life to another. Maybe it’s a new job , start of school, or a new stature in life ( Marriage/Divorce/New relationship). Autumn can be hard! Spiritually your “Autumn” is the season where God calls on you to use what you have harvested. Autumn is a season of maturity.
Oh, but after the Autumn comes the Winter. Winter is a hard season. Winter ( where I live anyway) is dark and damp and dreary. The days are shorter, the trees are bare, the snowbanks are high and the people are less happy. In the “Winter” of your life, you may be going through some tough times. The light at the end of the tunnel is less evident. In the spiritual realm, during this time, you may feel disconnected from God. You may feel like God isn’t hearing you. You may feel alone.
But then spring emerges. The snow begins to melt, the sun begins to shine again. The rain falls and the flowers and trees begin to bloom and the birds ( and other creepy crawly creatures) begin to return. What seemed like an unbearable and unending time of darkness has now given way brighter days. Spiritually, it’s like you are coming out of a funk. All things are new again. Maybe what you have been praying for or seeking God for is finally coming to pass.
So how can we make the best out of each season?
Winter, though it may be dark serves a great purpose. Winter forces you exercise your faith. Faith that God will see you through what may be the darkest days of your life. Winter encourages patience. Winter evokes trust. Use what you have stored in your other seasons to get you through these possibly dark times ( Psalms 119:11)
In the spring, begin planting seeds. Seeds of faith, seeds of knowledge. In the spring put in the hard work to sustain you through the rest of your seasons. Remember spring is a season of LIFE! All things new! ( 2 Corinthians 5:17)
In the summer, enjoy the beauty that is your summer. Use your summer season to shed light everywhere you go. ( Matthew 5:16)
In Autumn, don’t forget to give thanks for all you have. Autumn is the season where you reap the benefits of your faith. Gives thanks in the good times and store up some of that gratitude for when things are not so pleasant. God is good! ( 1 Thessalonians 5:18)
No matter what season of life you are in remember that after one season ends, another begins. Nothing is permanent. Bad times may come ,but good times are around the corner, and with that also remember in every season be vigilant and always prepare! You wouldn’t enter into winter without proper winter gear right?
William Murphy has a beautiful song that I want to leave you with today. The lyrics read, “This is my season for grace and favor, this is my season to reap what I have sown!”
It’s your season too!