It has been said that the only constant in life is change. Just as the earth reflects change in seasons by change in weather, our lives reflect change in seasons by change in circumstances. A promise was given in Genesis 8:22: “As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.” King Solomon The Great Philosopher put it this way: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Every life experiences summer and winter. The extent to which we are able to navigate the different seasons of our lives depends on our ability to embrace the change that comes with them. Here are four thoughts to help you get through these different seasons described as; planting & harvest, cold & heat, summer & winter, and day & night.
- Know what season you’re in
Understanding the season you’re in is what will enable you to do what is required of you in that season. You will experience great difficulty if you try to harvest when you should be planting or try to plant during harvest time. The Sons of Issachar in 1 Chronicles 12:32 were men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel should do. What works for you in this season might not work for you in the next season. Know what season you’re in and do what is required of you.
- Prepare for the next season
Once you understand what season you’re in, prepare for the next season. Joseph, the governor of Egypt, a man led by God, knew how to prepare for the winter that would follow the summer in the land. He said in Genesis 41:34-36; “Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners over the land to take a fifth of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance. They should collect all the food of these good years that are coming and store up the grain under the authority of Pharaoh, to be kept in the cities for food. This food should be held in reserve for the country, to be used during the seven years of famine that will come upon Egypt, so that the country may not be ruined by the famine.” Heed the words of the wise and prepare for the next season so that you may not be ruined. Don’t be blinded by the sunshine that comes with summer, it will come to an end. Save, invest in meaningful relationships, lend a helping hand to those in need, and give thanks to God. Embrace the summer but remember that winter is coming. Likewise, do not be overcome by the splitting cold of the winter such that you fail to see its significance. Build your character as you navigate the challenges. Your resilience will serve you well in the next season because no matter how dark it gets, the Sun still rises. The winter might be cold but prepare because summer is coming!!
- Learn the lessons
The summer of life has a way of turning enemies into friends but winter soon reveals their true nature. You will learn that everyone loves to harvest but not everyone is willing to plant. Wells of wisdom can be drawn from both the summer & winter time of your life. Watch those around you through it all. Life as we all know is a school. Be an attentive student and learn the lessons that each season brings!!
- Let go
Don’t carry the effects of one season for a lifetime. Recognize it for what it was, a passing phase with lessons to carry. When it’s over, let go. Remember that there’s a purpose for every season. Start over & carry on with your life. A new season awaits. God Bless!!