As winter has turned to spring here in the Twin Cities, I was thinking about the gift seasons are. Life would be stale if the weather never changed, and just like the weather brings seasons, our lives experience seasons too. I think it’s important to remember these three things in the different seasons of your life.
1. No matter what season you are in, no season lasts forever.
Change is always on its way. Like a coin with two sides, life has a way of changing. Good seasons come and go, as do bad seasons. Bad seasons do not last forever.
2. Never let the season make you give up on God.
Don’t change what you believe according to what season you are in. We often waiver depending on how life is going. When you are in a challenging or difficult season, don’t do too much. Don’t lose faith in the tough seasons of life. Don’t give up on God.
In the life of Joseph in the Book of Genesis, we see that the season of prosperity will always be preceded by pits and prison. Character is developed in the pits and prisons. Suffering is part of the Christian journey. James 1: 1-6 says:
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
The Lord still has a purpose for you even in a tough season. His plan for your life remains the same.
Joseph still ended up being a great ruler even though he was in the pit and even prison.
3. Learn from every season that you are in
What I am learning now will help me be wiser when I next go through this season, or it will be useful when I have a friend that goes through this season. You can learn things in your difficult seasons that enable you to minister hope and stability to others who will face these kinds of things in the future. So don’t worry if you have struggles. God is with you in it, and will bring you through.