"Also, I will teach you to respect me completely, and I will put a new way of thinking inside you. I will take out the stubborn hearts of stone from your bodies, and I will give you obedient hearts of flesh." - Ezekiel 36:26
Where we live we experience soft pillow like flakes covering the earth, hardening it, preserving it while it rests from its growing time over the spring and summer. The trees sleep, animals sleep, long nights, log fires, naked trees, the 'family' season this is what winter brings.
Then we get a fresh start and a new beginning. After the snow melts, there is new life again... new animal babies, new leaves, new flowers, green grass, and children playing outside. Spring brings on newness and a reviving vibe to the world.
Then trees become green and the sun is always shining, grass mowing, flowers growing, mosquito's biting, kids swimming, plus baseball games and so much more that can be done outside. There is, fishing, camping, bicycle riding, marshmallow toasting. Summer is now here. It’s a step between spring and fall. It can be a mixed season with very warm days along with cold days.
Next is the color of autumn leaves at the peak of their splendor. We find ourselves burning leaves, wood smoke, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, Thanksgiving turkey. Cool, frosty mornings, warmth of Indian summer sun, wind and the rain of fall. Eating apple pie and drinking apple cider. Corn mazes, candy apples, picking apples. All bring the feeling of fall.
No matter the descriptions we all have our favorite time of the year. For me it is spring. All of the old year has been washed away and a new life begun. I love opening the windows and letting in the crispness and the smells, hearing the birds singing their songs every day, and knowing God has created this wonder for us to experience. Winters are hard and the feeling of getting out from being shut up and wrapped up, is exhilarating. Feeling the sun warm our skin and the earth is so refreshing. This year I am especially happy because I love lilacs and we have a lilac tree just outside of our garage. I love spring because the weather is warmer (I’m almost always cold), yet the sun doesn’t beat down on us at 90+ degrees each day. It's all about wiping the slate clean and preparing for a new beginning. It’s now spring.
In Ecclesiastes 3 God has said to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven… take a moment to read verses 4-8 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ecclesiastes+3&version=KJV
God has a plan for everything and He created each season not only for our enjoyment but for purposes we might not even understand. Many people come up with their own explanations and all are good. I have a way to look at it myself that I will share with you.
Fall: We are all human and have sinned, falling short of God’s glory on a daily basis. When we finally decide to follow Christ we find that some of our habits need to change. We want to change; we want to be more Christ like. In that change things begin to fall off (leaves of fall) and we begin letting go of things that have been holding us back from God.
Winter: It’s a time to let our old selves die, let go of bad habits, let go of past mistakes. Though our sins are as scarlet they shall be white as snow when we seek God and His forgiveness.
Spring: It’s a time for new beginnings, a new life. Time to let God in and let Him grow us into the person He wants us to be. When we give our hearts to God through baptism we are allowing Him to lead our lives in a positive direction, we let the past go and find new hope.
Summer: Now we are in our fullness of character, we can begin to grow into full bloom, allowing our light to shine to others, allowing God to use us as He wants. We can let our joy be the sunshine to warm our hearts and the hearts of others.
No matter the season you love, no matter how you want to see the seasons, today, let God into your heart and ask Him to continue to lead in your life. He has a plan for everything in His time, not ours. Ecclesiastes 3:11 “He hath made everything beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God makes from the beginning to the end.”
What’s your favorite season?