|Posted by kerangaog on February 16, 2016 at 5:45 PM|
The Seasons of Life.
One of the things I’m enjoying most about our new home here in Kerang is the weather. I’m not sure if we have had a mild summer this year but so far it’s been very manageable and the warnings about it being “really hot” have not been anywhere near as bad as we were told. Some would say that’s it’s not over yet and I may be speaking a little too soon. We shall see.
Over the Christmas break I met a lady who was visiting from Coffs Harbour on the north east coast of Australia. She commented about how dry it was here compared to the green lush sub tropical part of the world she was so familiar with. I went on to say that one of the main crops grown here is wheat and wheat usually grows very well in this climate.
My understanding is that to grow good wheat we need the seasons to work really well. Moisture in the ground at the right time when planting followed by the right amount of rain at the right time. Then when things have grown the right amount the rain needs to stop and then the right amount of sun and heat is needed just before harvesting. When all these elements go well we have a bumper crop.
So it is with the journey of life. We have good seasons and bad. We have the heat of summer, the enjoyable warm days of autumn, then the cold of winter before the new growth of spring. We all experience days of joy and days of pain according to the season we are in. The good seasons do not stay forever and the bad seasons give way to the good again.
From the Bible we read these words:
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest…..
A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to laugh……
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak up…..
A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.
God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity into the human heart but even so people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.
From Ecclesiastes Chapter 3.
So it is very helpful to recognise the season we are in each day and to enjoy the fruits of our labours for these are gifts from God. May we have joy and peace for the good seasons of life and the not so good remembering that seasons always change at their God appointed time and remember that eternity is a very long season.
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