God knows us so well, and so like a parent prepares a nursery for a long awaited newborn, God planned earth to meet our needs and reflect His provision and love. His intelligence and compassion are shown in giving us seasons.
As we cycle through a year we can experience changes in the world around us and learn lessons for our own lives as God gives us both change and consistency.
God gave us a desire for change. But He also created us with a deep, deep desire and need for stability and consistency. He knows that random change without purpose can be scary and upsetting. And so He gives us purposeful, predictable change.
Every few months we see something new and fresh in our lives all around us. It affects our entire environment. The growing seasons bring different harvests of foods. The climate impacts the way we dress and how we build our homes.
The seasonal colors of plants impact the way we landscape our cities and homes and surround ourselves with the beauty of His creation.
Like His love, which is secure and stable and never changes, He gives us the surety of knowing that the seasons always occur in a predicted order. In the midst of and in the excitement of change, we get the security of knowing that one season always follows another.
These same seasons of change exist in our lives. They do not occur every 3 months as the earth sees the change of seasons. Over a lifetime we experience seasons of change: waiting, testing, growth, calm, fruitfulness, pruning.
With some issues, we can go through many seasons in a week. With some activities, relationships or circumstances, each season may last several months or years. Some things may take a lifetime.
I believe God prepares us for these changes by reflecting change in His creation. Ask God to show you where you are – what season you are in with regard to specific issues in your life.
Is it a time of rebirth? Renewing interests with newfound vigor and attention?
Is it a time of growth? Should you be fertilizing a relationship, an idea, a project to prepare for fruitfulness?
Is it a time of harvest? Of enjoying the benefits and provisions of hard work, but letting go of some responsibilities? Changing over to a new focus?
Is it time for resting? Being refueled by cutting back and preparing for building deeper roots?
Ask God to show you how to recognize what He wants you to know about His timing. To hear more from God, look around you at the living, growing, 3-dimensional teachers in His creation: the animals, the plants, the environment.
And be willing to listen.