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Topic: Seasons (12/08/03)
TITLE: Seasons of Change
By Sandra Perry
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If there’s anything certain in this world, it’s change. Nothing lasts forever. The warm spring changes to the hot summer. The cool fall gives way to the bitter cold of winter and so on. As the seasons change in nature, so do the seasons change in our lives. No matter how good or how bad one period of our lives may seem to be, we can be assured that it will not last forever. Neither will we last forever.
No one understood this principle better than King Solomon, who in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 wrote: "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 stones 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."
Solomon had been blessed with riches beyond imagination, great wisdom and success in all his endeavors; yet at the end of his life his pronounced it all vanity. No matter how wise or rich or successful a man is, he will pass away and eventually be forgotten, leaving his legacy to those who may not be worthy to receive it. He realized that only God is everlasting and never changing.
In verses 13 and 14 of Chapter 3, Solomon tells us, “That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil - this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him.”
In my own life, I’ve realized that one of the truest passages of scripture is, “and it came to pass.” We must take each season of our lives as a gift from God, realizing that while this season will not last forever, another season and another gift awaits us.