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Thankful For Seasons

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READ: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

To everything there is a
season, a time for every purpose under heaven. —Ecclesiastes 3:1

I grew up on the West Coast
of the US. The possibility of snow for Christmas was so remote that my mom
would point to fog in the early morning as evidence that the holidays were just
around the corner.

My wife and I now live in
the Midwest. There’s a lot of snow when the yuletide season comes around. And I
couldn’t be happier with four distinct seasons. But I don’t find that same
response from many who have grown up in the Midwest. I find it amusing that
they don’t share my appreciation for the wonderful cycles of change God has
built into nature for our good.

In Ecclesiastes 3:1-8,
Solomon acknowledged the cycles of life. He observed a time to sow and to reap,
to weep and to laugh, to mourn and to dance, to gain and to lose, to keep
silent and to speak, to love and to hate.

Just as God determines the
weather, He also controls the cycles in our lives: “To everything there is a
season, a time for every purpose under heaven” (Eccl. 3:1). Do we resist those
seasons and complain about the “snowy” conditions on the horizon? Or do we
trust God and thank Him for whatever He has planned for us?

Whatever our situation is
today, we can be thankful for God’s seasons. —Dennis
Fisher

Just as the winter turns to
spring,
Our lives have changing seasons too;
So when a gloomy forecast comes,
Remember—God has plans for you.  —Sper

Rather than praying for a
change in circumstances, pray for a change of heart.

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