“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, King James Version)
I simply love the Fall. It’s a time of change. The trees are changing as leaves spattered with colors in deep amber, golden hues, ruby reds, and dark plum-colored leaves start falling to the ground. The weather grows cooler with some rainy days. Our clothing changes from shorts to sweaters and jackets as the days grow shorter moving into winter, with its naked trees and snowy days. I do not care for the winter. It’s so cold and wet, forcing me to stay indoors but if we hold on a little longer, spring arrives with its newness and rebirth followed by summer and its warm temperatures and outdoor activities.
In our Christian walk, we also experience seasons that, at times, are exhilarating and other times challenging. Life is a blend of contrasting seasons. When you first get saved it is a season of pruning. God removes you from things that are not beneficial as a baby saint. Some of those “things” can be close friends and loved ones. This is a season when God can build you up. Divine pruning happens as we learn to abide in Christ. Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us, “To every thing there is a season.” In every season our time should be full of purpose. A quote I have come to really understand and endeavor to live is “Waste not a minute.” Meaning, make the most out of each minute God gifts us. Remember, only what we do for God will last.
I’ve heard it said that “a season of sickness may be the only time God can get you to sit still. A season of poverty may be a time God can make you more creative. A season of loneliness may be a time to discover how to celebrate yourself. A season of singleness is a time to fall in love with who you are in God. A season of rejection should help us figure out how to live without validation. A season of misery maybe so you can discover how to live in contentment.” God can use everything we experience and make it beautiful (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Remember every experience is meant to grow us closer to God. No matter your current season trust that God knows and is working all things together for your good.
Father God, you are amazing. You have set every season in order. You are with us during difficult times and times of celebration. Thank you for every season for it is growing me closer to you for the building of the kingdom. Lord help me to waste not a minute. In Jesus’ name, Amen.