To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1(NKJV)
Summer is here and I am looking forward to everything that summertime represents: picnics, going to the beach, outdoor festivals, summer vacations---and fresh lemonade. However, before summer's rituals begins, there are three other seasons to get through, all of which promotes change and growth.
God created four seasons---each with a unique purpose. Fall gives time to rest, replenish and remember, winter causes us to wait, hide and prune; and spring carries refreshment, renewal and revival. Now it's summer. Most of us look forward to fun, and continuing the growth of spring, but summer's heat can become overwhelming.
Just like the seasons affects our world in different ways, the seasons in our lives bring changes and challenges, affecting us uniquely. These are the times when we discover, transform and awaken. God knows what He is preparing us for, and what seasons will bring the greatest growth. When we have matures, we bear fruit, integrating what we have learned and developing Christ's character in our hearts,
From the hardships of winter, through the growth of spring, life can be bitter---like a lemon. Yet when we are faithless, He remains faithful. He cannot deny Himself. Summer's heat may bring drought, but when we trust God, His love and His word take our bitter situations and sweeten them until, as with a lemon, our lives become refreshing---like lemonade.
Thank you for summer and the four seasons. Through them, we learn to trust and and depend on you---how to walk by faith and not by sight. You promised that we will reap in due season if we do not faint. Use our lives to refresh others through the things you work into us.
© 2012 Wanda Currie