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Topic: Seasons (12/08/03)
TITLE: To Everything There Is a Season
By Eugene Bolton
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I remember one day last year about this time, a co-worker expressed to me her dislike for the winter season. "For one thing, it's too cold! I don't like cold weather," she said. She also said it depressed her because she was having some financial difficulties, and didn't see any way she could give much of a Christmas to her daughters.
I told her that, while it might be nice if God could do it without cold weather and ice, the winter season had its purpose. I explained how plants need a period of dormancy to grow and be strong and healthy. Just as we need sleep each day in order to grow and be healthy, plants require a period of "sleep" each year to grow and be healthy.
Furthermore, I pointed out, the cold weather is useful for killing off mosquitos and other bugs.
I said, "One thing is certain; if it wasn't for the winter season, we would not be able to enjoy the beauty of spring, when new life appears all around us."
She thanked me for my words and said it changed her whole outlook about winter. I told her that she should not get depresseed about Christmas either, because Christmas time is a season of miracles.
Over the next couple of weeks leading up to Christmas, I managed to bless her with a "care package" of food and some money for Christmas gifts for her daughters.
At first she stated she could not take money from me. I told her that another thing about the winter season is that it includes Christmas, which is a season of giving. And giving requires someone to receive what is given. Therefore, in order for me to have a Merry Christmas, she had to receive what I was giving her.
She said, "Yeah, but I don't have anything to give you in return." I told her that her friendship and her discovering a new appreciation for the season was gift enough for me.
The seasons do indeed change. And each season pretty much has its own distinctive weather, some comfortable and some uncomfortable. But each season has its purpose in God's plan.
I don't care much for cold weather. I don't like hot weather, either. I like it warm and comfortable . . . you know, the "Open-the-windows-and-turn-off-the-heat-or-air" kind of weather. But God didn't seek my advice on weather when He placed nature's laws into operation according to His plan.
And ultimately, that's what it's all about -- God's plan and purpose. We may not totally understand it, and sometimes it makes us uncomfortable, but God knows the beginning from the end. And He knows best how to run the world and its seasons, because, after all, He created the world and its seasons.
Knowing that can help us keep each season in perspective. And understanding that is the beginning to tapping into God's purpose. "To everything, there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven," the wise King Solomon wrote.
We don't need to know the reason; we just need to know the season, and trust the purposes of God to work themselves out in our life.