After spending the entire month of December reading (and singing) the phrase, “‘Tis the season,” and writing down my goals for the new year, I began to ponder the topic of seasons. New year, new season. Is that how that goes? And why do we sing the lyrics “tis the season to be jolly” only during Christmastime?
As these questions swirled around in my head, I started to reflect on the season of life I am currently enduring right now. The new year, new season thought seemed hardly applicable for my own life. I was entering 2018 in the same dry, frustrating season that I had been for three or so years. Instead of a new year with new surprises, I felt like my life was continuing to move along with many questions still unanswered and future plans still up in the air. Struggling to fully embrace this period of my life, I remember praying, “Lord, when is this season going to end? And why is it lasting so long?”
During this time of reflection, I went straight to the source (the Word) to seek answers and encouragement. I came upon the book of Ecclesiastes, one of my favorite books of the Bible. I was reminded that God is above all things and is making each season beautiful in HIS time and not OUR time. In Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11 it says:
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
He has made everything beautiful in his time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.
How easy is it for us to forget that our lives are uniquely under God’s watch and not our own? If I am going to be honest, I have been inpatient and frustrated at times with God, asking Him why I have not seen the fruits of my labor after many years of hard work. But the Lord promises that the work he is doing in my life (and your’s) is beautiful, even when it may not feel or look so beautiful..And He WILL bring each work to completion.
When I think of the topic of seasons, I can’t help but picture the image of God as the Potter and us as the clay:
But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8)
In order for God to to fulfill His good purpose in us as the Potter, we must adopt an attitude of submission to the Lord’s work in EVERY season. As the clay, God is shaping and stretching us into the people He wants us to be during these times. We must fully allow Him to continue molding us into His masterpiece, even throughout that extremely barren season that we might not quite know the purpose of.
Since we know He is making all things beautiful, we can be joyful in all seasons, not just the fruitful ones where we are receiving His blessings or feel close to Him. Part of being joyful in all seasons, is embracing the one that you are going through. You may be going through a particularly barren one right now, while your friend is going through an especially fruitful one. But as individual and unique masterpieces, God’s timeline will be different for each one of us. Finding truth in this, will allow us to walk forward through the various seasons with contentment and peace, instead of fear, impatience, and jealousy.
As I continue into the year 2018, I strive to look forward in anticipation to the way that God will continue molding me during this season of life. Despite the unknowns and hardships of this particular period, I am continually choosing to embrace it knowing God is making everything beautiful in His time. So even through the storms, I can’t help but say “‘tis the season.”
Will you join me as you live out God’s purpose for your life?