As I write this reflection, we are driving across the country from Minneapolis to Seattle, and the reading for the day: Ecclesiastes chapter 3. It’s one of the more famous passages in the Old Testament. “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, ESV)
And, here in the USA signs of the seasons changing are visible in the north. It’s in the starting stages here in North Dakota, and we saw some beginning signs of color change also in Minneapolis where we were over the weekend. The trees are starting to show the signs of what I refer to as Autumn splendor – glorious golds, vibrant oranges, deep reds dotting the landscape of the Badlands. There is no doubt as we head into Montana, we will see more signs. By the time that you read this reflection color season in the Badlands most likely will be in peak or past peak. It is a sight that I love to see – those magnificent colors replacing the beautiful green to which we’ve been treated over the spring and summer. Up here in the northern country soon the leaves will be off of the trees and the land is getting ready for the winter chill. At home, in Northern Alabama, we get to keep the green leaves a little while longer.
The season of spring delights me, everything turning green after a long hard winter, birds happily chirping, and perennial flowers pop up from the ground. It’s way too soon before I get used to seeing all of those sights that I forget to notice them. It becomes the norm to look at lush green grass, blooming flowers, and delight in the shade of a mighty oak tree during a hot summer day. Those once treasured sights become commonplace and I overlook them. I get busy, and I seldom stop to notice, or sometimes even appreciate, the season and what joys it brings into my life.
Then the seasons change, the look of our landscape changes, and once again our attention is pulled towards something that just a few weeks ago we took for granted. We take time to marvel in the cycles, the seasons, that God created for us in our temporary earthly home, allowing it to blossom, grow, harvest, and rest so that it can rejuvenate. God is bringing the seasons change to us and we prepare to face the next season and the changes it brings.
And so it is with our lives. Our seasons change, we too blossom, grow, reap, and rest. For each season we should be grateful, thankful to God for being with us each and every moment. Walking hand-in-hand with us each step of the way. Ushering us into the next exciting season that he has for our lives. There’s always something for which we can be thankful. We just have to stop and take notice. Look forward in anticipation, and joyful appreciation for that which God is bringing our way.
May you be ever grateful for the seasons in your life, may you be ever joyful for what God is bringing into your life, and may you always notice God’s hand in whatever circumstances you face.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11, ESV)