Those of us who live where there are distinct seasons may have mixed feelings as one season draws to a close and another begins. Each has aspects we want to hold on to, but we must let them go to enjoy what we look forward to in the next season. Change has its pros and cons in much of life.
In winter the ground rests and is replenished by the snow. Farmers look forward to the fields being ready for tilling and planting. They watch the corn sprout, grow and produce cobs which they harvest to feed livestock.
In Ecclesiastes 3:1 we read, "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." (KJV) In nature and in humanity, there is birth, maturation, fulfillment of purpose and rest.
The same One who inspired the writer of Ecclesiastes prompted the prophet Jeremiah to write, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)
Sorrows and joys may tumble together as we cope with change in our lives, but when we choose to move forward in the unique plan He designed, we can know what He has for each one is good. With "Jesus Christ who is the same yesterday, and today, and for ever" (Hebrews 13:8 KJV) there is beauty in every season of our lives.
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