Autumn, blessed autumn. If I could, I would gather in the earthy smell of the wet leaves while embracing their unique colors as they pirouette gracefully to the ground. I’d take endless walks in the crisp, invigorating morning dews and damps giving relief to frosty fingers with my warm breath. I could not be happy where autumn was not a reality for at least a season.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I can find wondrous positives in springtime, too. I’m assured of hope as I see tenacious plants sending up their shoots counting on a season full of sun and water enabling them to excel at growing into their fullest potential. And, summer makes a marvelous statement with it’s mind-boggling weather phenoms. Unique storm clouds, hale, lightening and terrible thunders are awe-inspiring. And I can’t forget the warmth of brilliant sun rays coaxing vibrant colors from graceful flowers and supporting vast, healthy produce as these plants come into their full purposes.
No, I have nothing against winter, either. Yes, it is cold, but it is just as full of positives. The thing I like most about winter is the moonlight on the snow. Oh, how it glitters and sparkles. It simply takes my breath away and I can’t help but tell the Lord how very much I enjoy His work. Also, snow, even though it is cold, softens the look of things. Have you noticed that? Bushes, tree limbs, and even evergreens covered by a fresh layer of snow take on a softness not evident in other seasons. So, whether I focus on the positives or negatives, they are only seasons – temporary times.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us that there is a season, a specific time, to the purposes of God. Have you ever spent a season where you were all too eager for it to end and move on to the next, hopefully wonderful, season? Just as I have a favorite natural season, I have a favorite God-season that He brings into or allows in my life. I figure I’m not alone in voting for the “good times” season. But with God, even the unwelcome, seemingly negative, seasons can be “good” for us (Second Corinthians 17-18). As I looked for the positives in seasons other than my favorite, so we all need to look for the positives in each season God brings to or allows in our lives. Since He is omniscient, we can be assured that He knows what He is doing with His own creation (me and you) and since He loved us enough to send His son to die in our place (John 3:16), we can know that He is always working for our good (Romans 8:28).
Be encouraged. Look for the positives when you are immersed in a God-season that is not of your choosing or liking. A loving heavenly Father, with your best interest in mind, is working a wonderful outcome for your life. Don’t fret, it’s just a season.