A New Season

Spring has finally arrived – boy it sure seemed to take its sweet time this year!  There is something magical about that first sign of spring - the smell of soil (I happen to love this), the birds singing, earth worms everywhere (don’t like this so much ) and the first sign of the color green and new life.  

When my boys were young, I used to love to go out in the woods and have them close their eyes and just listen to the sounds in the forest and smell the scents all around.  It always turned into a time of celebrating God’s goodness and a lesson on how He had brought us through another winter and the miracle of His creation.   We would talk about the fact that plants had been dormant for months under piles of snow and yet survived and poked through the ground to bless us with yet another season of beauty.  The change of seasons never gets old to me and always amazes me.  

I think life is a lot like that.  We go through various periods of time where sometimes it feels like we are buried under mounds of snow and dormant and other times we feel like there are gentle summer breezes blowing and we don’t have a care in the world.  Ecclesiastes 3:1 says “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”  Solomon’s point in this scripture is reminding us that God has a plan for us all.  We will go through difficulties on our journey, but He is always with us every step of the way.  We are NOT alone.  The problems don’t necessarily go away, but we have hope in Him and peace.

As I get older, I realize more and more that in times of difficulty, it is where I grow the most and lean on God for strength that I don’t have.  It isn’t always fun in the ‘dead of winter’ but I find myself asking God, “What are you trying to teach me?”  and find myself making more of an effort to be still and listen.  

My challenge for each of you is to be thankful in all seasons of your life.  Anticipate the new season coming with excitement and wonder and thank Him for the season you have just come through, whether good or bad.  

I must be honest; I’m really excited that summer is coming!  I have a little zip in my step that has been missing when the sun shines down on my face, when my car window can be rolled down and I have finally removed the snow scraper from my vehicle.  Praying your summer is refreshing, hopefully a little slower paced and that you are walking closer with God for “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11

Jenn Bander