Back in the 1960’s there was a song performed by a group known as the Byrds. The name of that song was, Turn, Turn, Turn. The words of that song are from Ecclesiastes 3.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 “To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”
We are all familiar with the seasons of our planet. There is spring, summer, winter and fall. In spring we see new growth. The leaves on the trees begin to show. Flower bulbs begin to peek through the ground. It is a season of growth.
Then we flow into our wonderful summer. Summer is a time of growth also. The flowers begin to bloom. Our vegetable gardens begin to produce the tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, etc.
Then comes the fall. This is the time of transition. The leaves on the trees produce their beautiful colors. However pretty, it is the signal of death for those leaves and they begin to fall. Flowers begin to fade, and our vegetable gardens cease to produce their fruits.
Then comes what most people do not like. It is the season of winter. The leaves and flowers are gone. The days seem dark and dreary. It seems like a season of death and inactivity.
Believe it or not fall and winter are still seasons of growth. It is in the fall when most plants produce their seeds for reproduction. My zinnias and my marigolds are covered with what looks like dead blooms. They are actually seed- heads. Those seeds will drop to the ground during the cold winter days and be next year’s flowers. Those seeds provide food for hungry winter birds.
My flowering trees, though void of leaves or flowers, are covered with dried fruits and berries. I see many birds eating the shriveled up crabapples or berries.
And yes, winter is even a time of growth. Though not visible to the human eye, there is growth taking place below the ground. The tree and shrub roots continue to spread out absorbing the soils nutrients for the new growth in the spring.
We can also relate these seasons in nature to our lives. We love when things are fresh, new and exciting. It is easy to see our growth when all things are new.
Summer in our lives seems like the best time. We see our growth. We are producing fruit in our lives. Though things in our lives are not always new and exciting as spring, the summer times in our lives are when things seem established, predictable and routine.
Then here comes the fall season in our lives. The season of change or transition. Things that seemed to be routine and predictable are starting to become mundane and old. This is the season when we feel like we are not producing what we want to see in our lives. God seems to be shaking things up.
Like in nature, this is not the time to stop and die, it is the time to produce seeds for the next burst of growth in our lives. This is the time to sow like never before. Sow your time, talents and tithes. It is also a time to look for opportunities to help someone else grow. Sow your time, talent and tithes into your church.
When the winter seasons come in our lives, things seem dead and dry. This is not the time to withdraw but go forward. Start to build a stronger foundation in your life. Continue to pray; dig deep into the Word of God; be faithful going to church to hear the Word of God which will cause growth for your faith.
It is during, what seems like a dry and stagnant season, your spirit man grows by hearing of the Word of God. You may not see growth, but you are growing below the surface; below what your natural senses can see or feel.
Winter seasons are also often times of challenge, test and trial. But that is all they are: times of challenges, test and trial. James 1:2 tells us to count these times with all joy. Why? Because they are producing what is necessary for great growth: patience.
Just always remember, seasons come and go. Seasons change. Recognize that there will be seasons in all our lives and in every season there will be growth.
- Pastor Jim